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CAPITAL THERE ARE NOW, AS OF THE MOMENT I SPEAK, 377 CASES OF COVID-19 ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THAT NUMBER IS CHANGING BY THE HOUR

ALL DAY PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCING NEW MEASURES TO COMBAT THE OUTBREAK MANY AIMED AT SOCIAL DISTANCING, KEEPING AWAY FROM EACH OTHER RIGHT NOW WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TO TRY AND CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC THIS IS A LIVE SHOT OUTSIDE OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE, RIDEAU COTTAGE MOMENTS FROM NOW HE WILL EMERGE AND PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON MEASURES YOU'LL REMEMBER THE PRIME MINISTER HIMSELF IS IN SELF-ISOLATION AFTER HIS WIFE, SOPHIE, TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

THE PRIME MINISTER WILL TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS AFTER SPEAKING, BUT FEDERAL MINISTERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL HOLD A SEPARATE NEWS CONFERENCE AT ANOTHER LOCATION AND WE WILL BRING THAT TO YOU LIVE WE WILL BRING YOU INFORMATION SO YOU CAN STAY UP-TO-DATE VASSY KAPELOS WILL JOIN US, AS WE DID ON FRIDAY VASSY, WHAT COULD WE EXPECT? I KNOW THE WEEKEND WAS IF YOU WERE OUT AND ABOUT WHICH MANY PEOPLE WERE NOT, BUT IF YOU WERE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, THERE WERE LOTS OF QUESTIONS FROM PEOPLE RETURNING TO THIS COUNTRY OR STILL CONSIDERING LEAVING THE COUNTRY ABOUT WHAT THEY SHOULD DO AND WHAT MEASURES THE GOVERNMENT WAS TAKING ON THEIR RETURN >> Vassy: DON'T GO OUTSIDE OF CANADA AND IF YOU NEED TO ISOLATE, THEN DO IT

THE QUESTION IS WHY WASN'T THE INFORMATION BEING DISSEMINATED TO TRAVELLERS COMING BACK WE KNOW THERE WERE LONG LINES AT CUSTOMS, FOR EXAMPLE WHY WERE THEY ONLY BEING ASKED IF THEY HAD BEEN TO ITALY AND IRAN AND WHY WERE MORE PLACES NOT ASKED I THINK THERE WILL BE QUESTIONS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER I THINK WHAT TO WATCH FOR, WE'VE BEEN HEARING FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE CABINET MINISTERS THAT "EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE

" ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE I THINK CANADIANS ARE EAGER TO KNOW WHICH OF THOSE OPTIONS THE GOVERNMENT HAS SELECTED AND IMPLEMENTED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO AIRPORTS WE KNOW THAT THOSE AIRPORTS WILL INCLUDE TORONTO, VANCOUVER, MONTREAL, AND CALGARY WHICH FLIGHTS DURING WHICH TIMES, WHEN DOES THAT START AND HOW WILL IT BE IMPLEMENTED

THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS, IF YOU WILL, TO THE KINDS OF QUESTIONS FROM CANADIANS >> Rosemary: MY PRODUCER IS GOOD AT FINDING THIS INFORMATION MORE THAN 90% OF INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS ALREADY PASSED THROUGH THOSE AIRPORTS IF YOU'RE FUNNELLING TRAVELLERS INTO CERTAIN AREAS BUT YOU'RE GETTING MOST OF THEM, WHAT CHANGE DOES THAT MAKE CONCRETELY ON THE GROUND? THE CHANGES THAT HAPPENED OVER THE COURSE OF THE WEEKEND, CERTAINLY WE'VE SEEN MORE PROVINCES MOVING TO CLOSE SCHOOLS WE'VE SEEN PROVINCES LIKE QUÉBEC LOOKING TO LIMIT ANY SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, NOT GOING SO FAR TO SHUT DOWN RESTAURANTS, BUT ASKING THEM TO WORK AT MEDIUM CAPACITY

TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM BARS AND CLUBS WE SAW DR TAM TELL CANADIANS THAT THE WINDOW TO FLATTEN THE CURVE IS NARROW AGAIN, CANADA'S CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER, VASSY, YESTERDAY TELLING PEOPLE TO SELF MONITOR WHEN THEY RETURN FROM TRIPS TO NOW SELF-ISOLATE WE DID START TO SEE THAT INFORMATION POP UP TODAY AT AIRPORTS

>> Vassy: YEAH, WE'RE DEFINITELY SEEING THAT COME UP WE SAW THE CBSA ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WOULD IMPLEMENT NEW MEASURES THERE IS A PAMPHLET THEY'RE GIVING OUT THE GAPS AND CERTAINLY WHAT WE'RE SEEING ON BEHALF OF THE PROVINCES, I KNOW FOR A FACT A NUMBER OF PREMIERS HAVE RAISED THIS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER THE WEEKEND, THEY SENT SOME OF THEIR OWN RESOURCES TO THE AIRPORTS TO TRY AND MAKE SURE THAT MESSAGE GETS ACROSS THEY'RE WORRIED THAT IT'S NOT BASICALLY AND THAT'S WHAT — THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF QUESTIONS CERTAINLY THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WILL BE GETTING TODAY, IF, IN FACT, THOSE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ENSURE THAT THEY GET ACROSS TO PEOPLE

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T RECEIVE THAT MESSAGE? WHAT IS THE PLAN WHERE THEY'RE CONCERNED? WE'VE SEEN THROUGH THE MAGIC OF TV AND SOCIAL MEDIA JUST HOW MANY PASSENGERS WERE RETURNING WE KNOW THAT SINCE THE MESSAGE CAME OUT OVER THE WEEKEND FROM FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER FRANÇOIS-PHILIPPE CHAMPAGNE, THAT IF YOU'RE ABROAD YOU SHOULD COME BACK PEOPLE HAVE HEEDED THAT INSTRUCTION AS A RESULT, WHAT HAS OR HASN'T HAPPENED I KNOW ESPECIALLY FROM TALKING TO PEOPLE IN ONTARIO AT PREMIER DOUG FORD'S OFFICE, THAT THERE IS A TON OF CONCERN AND A LOT OF CONCERN WITH THE BORDER WITH THE U

S CLEARLY THAT BORDER IS VITAL TO OUR ECONOMY AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS IN THIS COUNTRY MOST OF THE NEWER CASES IN ONTARIO ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EITHER TRAVELLED TO THE US OR ARE COMING FROM THE U

S THERE IS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT THAT BORDER AS WELL >> Rosemary: JUST SO PEOPLE KNOW, IF YOU ARE ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT OVER THE PAST 12 HOURS OR SO, WHEN YOU GO TO FILL OUT THE FORM, THE TOUCH SCREEN, TO SAY WHERE YOU'VE BEEN, THEY'RE NOT ONLY ASKING YOU WHERE YOU'VE BEEN OR IF YOU ARE EXHIBITING ANY SYMPTOMS THEY ALSO ASK YOU THAT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS AND YOU HAVE TO TAP ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE ARE THE PRACTICAL THINGS YOU WILL SEE IF YOU'RE RETURNING FROM OTHER AIRPORTS

ALL OF THIS, THOUGH, AS THE REST OF THE WORLD STARTS TO LOCK DOWN ITS BORDERS THE US ALREADY SAID IT WAS GOING TO LOCK DOWN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IT HAS ADDED THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND TO THAT BAN AS OF MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

THE EU WILL BAN NON-ESSENTIAL INCOMING TRAVEL TO THE EU FOR 30 DAYS

AND BORIS JOHNSON IS TELLING PEOPLE TO STOP ALL UNNECESSARY TRAVEL DAVID COCHRANE JOINS ME AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER DAVID, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT WHETHER CANADA MIGHT FOLLOW SOME OF THOSE OTHER INTERNATIONAL EXAMPLES WE'RE HEARING RIGHT NOW? >> David: — MAKES THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY I'VE CONFIRMED FROM MULTIPLE HIGH-LEVEL GOVERNMENT SOURCES THEY WILL NOT SHARE THE SPECIFICS, BUT I'M TOLD IT WILL GO BEYOND THE 30-DAY RESTRICTION ON ESSENTIAL-ONLY TRAVEL THAT WE SAW AT THE EUROPEAN UNION

THERE IS THIS EFFORT, AS YOU AND VASSY OUTLINED, TO FUNNEL THE FLIGHTS TO THOSE FOUR BIG AIRPORTS THERE IS A REQUIREMENT, WHICH IS A SENSE I'M GETTING FROM SPEAKING TO PEOPLE INSIDE GOVERNMENT, TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THOSE FLIGHTS AND WHERE THEY'RE COMING FROM WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYING LAST WEEK THAT EUROPE IS THE NEW EPICENTRE I EXPECT YOU WILL SEE SOME RESTRICTIONS THAT TARGET PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRAVELLED THROUGH OR FROM EUROPE WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT AN OVERALL GROUNDING OF FLIGHTS

I WANT TO STRESS THAT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT IS ASKING CANADIANS TO COME HOME AND THEY ARE URGING THE AIRLINES TO KEEP FLYING SO CANADIANS CAN BACK TO THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES IN THEIR COUNTRY THERE IS A SENSE AT THE CABINET TABLE OF SWEEPING MEASURES TO RESTRICT THE FLOW IN AND OUT OF THE COUNTRY BUILDING ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT FRIDAY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND THOSE ABROAD TO COME BACK AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THE BIG CHALLENGE NOT PART OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BUT IS SOMETHING THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO HAVE TO CONFRONT IN THE COMING DAYS IS WHAT TO DO WITH THE CANADA-US

BORDER YOU HAVE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAYING CASES ARE FROM PEOPLE RETURNING FROM HOLIDAYS IN THE US AND MEXICO THERE IS A FLOOD OF TRAVELLERS RETURNING FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER, BUT WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT A PROBLEM LIKE THE U

S WHEN YOUR ECONOMIES AND YOUR SUPPLY CHAINS AND YOUR FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ARE SO COMPLETELY INTERTWINED AND RELIANT ON EACH OTHER I WOULD EXPECT THESE MEASURES TODAY TO DEAL WITH OVERSEAS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND CONTINUE WORK AND MONITORING ON WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE CANADA-US BORDER

WE DID HEAR FROM DOUG FORD SAYING HE WOULD CONSIDER CLOSING THE BORDER TO TRAVELLERS BUT KEEP IT OPEN TO COMMERCE WHEN THE PREMIER OF THE BIGGEST PROVINCE IN THE COUNTRY IS PUSHING FOR THAT, THAT'S SOMETHING THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE SERIOUSLY >> Rosemary: WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR MORE ON THE FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT WAS PROMISED OVER THE WEEKEND, AS THERE IS A MOVE TO MAKE SURE THERE IS ENOUGH LIQUIDITY IN THE SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ALL SOL VANT FOR A WHILE WE ARE EXPECTING MORE SPECIFIC MEASURES FOR CANADIANS TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK ONTARIO DID A LOT OF OF THAT TODAY, MAKING SURE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE TIME OFF WORK ARE COMPENSATED

LET ME BRING IN DR GARDHAM IT SEEMS TO ME WE WENT FROM SAYING WE SHOULDN'T CLOSE BORDERS EVEN ON FRIDAY THE HEALTH MINISTER PATTY HAJDU SAID VIRUSES CROSS BORDERS AND DON'T UNDERSTAND BORDERS WHY ARE WE NOW SEEING THE E

U AND THE UK LIMITING TRAVELLERS WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE? >> Caller: IT'S ONE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES, NOT THE ONLY ONE

OUR BORDERS ARE POROUS AND YOU CERTAINLY CAN'T SHUT OUR BORDERS ENTIRELY THE NOTION IS WE HAVE A FAIR NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS, CERTAINLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY TO THE US IN THE WINTERTIME HAVING THOSE PEOPLE MOVE AROUND AIRPORTS AND AIRPLANES, ET CETERA, ET CETERA, STOPPING THAT IS YET ANOTHER SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURE

THAT FALLS IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS CLOSING THE SCHOOLS AND THE UNIVERSITIES AND POTENTIALLY BUSINESSES, ET CETERA, ET CETERA THIS IS REALLY SORT OF THE FULL-COURT PRESS APPROACH AS TRYING TO LIMIT PEOPLE'S EXPOSURE WITH OTHERS IN EVERY POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCE >> Rosemary: JUST IF PEOPLE ARE TUNING IN NOW, WE'RE BRINGING YOU THE CBC NEWS LIVE SPECIAL AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO AGAIN ADDRESS CANADIANS TODAY ABOUT MORE MEASURES HIS GOVERNMENT IS TAKING ABOUT TRYING TO CONTAIN THE CORONAVIRUS WE ARE LOOKING AT A SHOT OF HIS FRONT DOOR WHERE HE IS SELF-ISOLATING WITH HIS WIFE AND THREE KIDS WE HEARD DR

TAM, THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER, YESTERDAY TALK ABOUT HOW THE WINDOW TO FLATTEN THE CURVE IS NARROW AND CLOSING THESE WHY THEY ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO SELF-ISOLATE AND MEASURES SEEM TO BE SQUEEZING IN ON THIS DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT ASSESSMENT THAT WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF TIME IN TERMS OF FLATTENING THAT CURVE OR GIVE US YOUR ASSESSMENT OF WHERE YOU THINK WE ARE >> Caller: WHENEVER WE BRING THESE IN, WE WILL FLATTEN THE CURVE, BUT IF WE BRING THEM IN TOO LATE, WE WILL HAVE A VERY, VERY BIG CURVE TO FLATTEN YOU WANT TO DO THESE THINGS EARLY AND YOU NEED TO DO THEM BEFORE YOU THINK YOU NEED TO DO THEM IN A WAY

WE HAVE HAD LOCAL TRANSMISSION GOING ON HERE IN CANADA FOR I WOULD SAY AT LEAST A FEW WEEKS SO EVERY THREE OR FOUR DAYS THE NUMBER OF CASES IS DOUBLING IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG TO GET OVERWHELMED WITH CASES WHERE WE LOOK TODAY WE ARE GOING TO LOOK VERY DIFFERENT A WEEK FROM NOW SO BRINGING IN THESE CONTROL MEASURES AS SOON AS WE CAN IS A VERY GOOD IDEA

>> Rosemary: DR GARDHAM, WE WILL KEEP YOU ON STANDBY THANK YOU VERY MUCH GLOBAL AFFAIRS, AS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, ASKING CANADIANS WHO WERE OUT OF THE COUNTRY TO GET BACK THE REASON THERE IS THERE IS A LOT OF CONCERN INSIDE GOVERNMENT THAT COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS ARE GOING TO START TO BE LIMITED

WE'RE SEEING AIRLINES CUTTING BACK ON THEIR FLIGHTS OR EVEN NOT GOING INTO SOME COUNTRIES THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT IT CANNOT GO AROUND THE WORLD SAVING CANADIANS FROM DIFFERENT LOCATIONSES SO THEY ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO GET BACK AND GET BACK QUICKLY THE CBC'S MEAGAN FITZPATRICK JOINS US FROM TORONTO'S PEARSON AIRPORT WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING ABOUT THE SCREENING BECAUSE IT HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS

>> Meagan: YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE WITH PIECES OF PAPER IN THEIR HANDS, THESE HANDOUTS SEEM TO BE GIVEN TO ALL PASSENGERS THAT IS NEW OVER THE WEEKEND WE WERE HEARING ABOUT PEOPLE COMING BACK HERE TO PEARSON WHO FELT LIKE THEY WEREN'T BEING SCREENED APPROPRIATELY THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CBSA OFFICERS ON DUTY THEY HAVE CHANGED THE KIOSKS THAT PASSENGERS HAVE TO USE AS PART OF THE CUSTOMS PROCESS

WE HAVE GRAPHICS THAT SHOW THAT TRAVELLERS ARE ASKED IF THEY HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS, FEVER, COUGH THE NEXT SCREEN ASKED THEM TO CLICK, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THEY ARE BEING ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS SOME OF THE PASSENGERS I'VE TALKED TO HERE TODAY SAY THEY WERE ADVISED THAT BY CUSTOMS AND THAT THEY DO INTEND TO DO THAT PEOPLE ARE TELLING ME TOO THAT THEY WERE ASKED WHERE THEY WERE COMING FROM, WHAT COUNTRIES THEY WERE COMING FROM, AND IF THEY HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS IT DOES SEEM LIKE THE MEASURES HAVE BEEN STEPPED UP ON THE CUSTOMS SIDE

HERE AT PEARSON, THE AIRPORT SAYING IT'S WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA, WITH CBSA TO ENSURE THAT PASSENGERS THEY SAY ARE SAFELY SCREENED AND EFFICIENTLY SCREENED ONE THING PEARSON DOES TELL ME IS IT'S POSSIBLE SOME PLANES WILL BE KEPT ON THE TARMAC FOR A BIT LONGER TO ENSURE PASSENGERS ARE MOVING THROUGH THE CUSTOMS AREA THEY DON'T WANT A BACKLOG OF PEOPLE IN THERE IT'S POSSIBLE PEOPLE ARE KEPT ON THE TARMAC FOR A LITTLE BIT LONGER I'VE ASKED FOR SOME UPDATES IF THAT HAPPENED, AND WE LEARNED THAT HAPPENED HERE YESTERDAY

IT'S PRETTY QUIET AT THE AIRPORT PASSENGERS HAVE BEEN COMING IN WAVES, TRICKLING OUT AS DIFFERENT FLIGHTS ARRIVE RIGHT NOW AT THE ARRIVALS TERMINAL AT PEARSON, PRETTY QUIET >> Rosemary: MEAGAN FITZPATRICK OUT AT PEARSON AIRPORT LOTS OF SNOWBIRDS MAKING THEIR WAY BACK AS THE WEATHER HAS TURNED NICER

THEY NEED TO BE CAREFUL ON THEIR RETURN AS SOME OF THEM ARE OLDER AND SUSCEPTIBLE VASSY KAPELOS JOINS US AS WELL I THINK THAT THERE WAS JUST A G7 LEADERS' STATEMENT >> Vassy: I'M JUST LOOKING THROUGH THAT AS WELL >> Rosemary: THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO SPEAK THIS MORNING, WE FOUND THAT OUT ON FRIDAY AS AN ATTEMPT TO GET SOME COORDINATED ACTION

IF YOU WALK OUTSIDE, I'M SURE EVERYONE HAS THE POSSIBILITY OF SEEING EMPTY RESTAURANTS AND GROCERY STORES EVENTUALLY THAT IS GOING TO START SPIRALLING INTO OTHER PROBLEMS AND A RECESSION, MOST BANKS, SAY IS INEVITABLE >> Vassy: MOST ECONOMISTS SAY EVEN IN THE CANADIAN CONTEXT THAT IS INEVITABLE I'M LOOKING THROUGH THE G7 STATEMENT WE SAW THE BEGINNINGS OF SOME COORDINATED ACTION WHEN RATES WERE SLASHED IN THE UNITED STATES ON A SUNDAY

IT WAS NOTED IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THAT WAS COORDINATED ACTION WITH OTHER CENTRAL BANKS ACROSS THE GLOBE AND CITED CANADA FIRST IN THAT LIST WE SAW FRIDAY THE RATE CUT WITH THE CENTRAL BANK AS WELL AS A PROMISE FROM BILL MORNEAU TO INJECT SIGNIFICANT WAS THE WORD HE USED THAT'S HOW HE CHARACTERIZED THE INFORMATION MY INFORMATION IS THEY COULD ANNOUNCE IT AS EARLY AS TOMORROW MORNING THE RIDEAU FROM THE G7 LEADERS SAID WE ARE GOING TO BRING THE PULL POWER OF OUR COUNTRIES TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM COVID-19, SUPPORT GLOBAL TRADE, INVESTMENT, AND THERE ARE A FEW OTHER THINGS

I WOULD FOCUS ON SUPPORT GLOBAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT WHEN WE SEE THESE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, YOU MENTIONED AIRLINES, AIR CANADA CAME OUT AND SAID THEY WILL BE OPERATING AT 50% CAPACITY COMPARED TO THIS TIME IN 2019 THEY ARE LOOKING EVEN LOWER WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS IN THE COUNTRY THIS WILL HAVE AND IS ALREADY HAVING A MASSIVE IMPACT I THINK WHAT'S INTERESTING TO WATCH BEYOND THE FISCAL STIMULUS IS THE VARIED RESPONSES FROM PROVINCES WHERE THEY WERE CLOSING DOWN RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSES AND THAT KIND OF THING

OTTAWA SAYS DON'T LEAVE YOUR HOUSE UNLESS IT'S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WE SAW DR WILLIAMS, THE HEAD OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOR ONTARIO SAY THAT WE'RE NOT REALLY AT THE POINT WHERE WE'RE READY TO SAY THIS IS A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND YOU NEED TO SHUT DOWN YOUR BUSINESS I THINK THERE ARE SORT OF A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FROM CANADIANS ABOUT SOME INCONSISTENCIES THERE, DOES IT DEPEND WHERE YOU LIVE THAT WILL FEED INTO THE OVERALL ECONOMIC NEED AS WELL AND LIKELY FEED INTO WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FOR HELP

>> Rosemary: THE OTHER THING THE G7 LEADERS DECIDED IS THAT THEIR FINANCE MINISTERS WILL MEET ON A WEEKLY BASIS TO STAY UP-TO-DATE AS THIS STARTS TO UNFOLD, AS IT IS AT A RAPID PACE RIGHT NOW THEY ALSO SAY IN THAT RELEASE, VASSY, THEY WILL COORDINATE EFFORTS TO DELAY THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, THROUGH APPROPRIATE BORDER MEASURES I'M NOT SURE WHAT THAT MEANS AT THIS STAGE OBVIOUSLY THE CONCERN FOR CANADA AND THE US

WOULD BE IF WE SHARE THE BIGGEST — THE LARGEST BORDER AND WE ARE SO RELIANT ON TRADE EVEN THE MOVEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE BORDER INCLUDING WORK, IT BECOMES PROBLEMATIC TO CONSIDER CLOSING DOWN THE BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT WOULD WORK THE PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID THAT EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE, BUT THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HIT THE ECONOMY TOO HARD >> Vassy: THE PEOPLE I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING TO WHO HAVE BEEN MAKING THOSE DECISIONS, YOU'VE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD, THAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT BALANCE TO STRIKE

WHAT ONTARIO IS SEEING IS AN INFLUX OF CASES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRAVELLED TO THE UNITED STATES YES, THE EPICENTRE IS EUROPE AND THERE ARE CONCERNS OF TRAVELLERS WHO HAVE COME FROM EUROPE, BUT WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO LEFT FOR VACATION PRIOR TO THE PRONOUNCEMENT FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS THAT YOU SHOULDN'T TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY THEY LEFT A NUMBER OF THEM WENT AWAY THEY'RE ALL GOING TO BE COMING BACK

I KNOW FOR A FACT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GOVERNMENT ARE FOCUSED ON THE UNITED STATES THERE IS NOT JUST THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS BUT ALSO MOVEMENT TOO I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT A CONUNDRUM THAT IS >> Rosemary: THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE COMING BACK THIS PROVINCE IS MOVING TO CANCEL ELECTIVE SURGERIES

>> Vassy: WE ARE SEEING A NEED FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT IN FINANCE MINISTER ROD PHILLIPS WHO SAYS THE BUDGET IS SCRAPPED, IT WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT ON MARCH 25 IT WILL BE REPLACED WITH A FISCAL UPDATE THAT WILL BE ADDRESSING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 IN ONTARIO SO THAT MEANS EXTRA MONEY ALREADY FOR HEALTH CARE THAT MEANS ANY SORT OF STIMULUS THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO INJECT IT'S DIFFERENT LEGISLATION THAT'S COMING NOW FOR WORKERS

EVERYTHING, ALL OF THE STATUS QUO STUFF THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN EVEN LAST WEEK, IT WAS A WEEK AGO THEY ANNOUNCED THE BUDGET DATE, HAS NOW BEEN SCRAPPED AND INSTEAD THEY'RE GOING TO FOCUS A FISCAL UPDATE ON THIS CHALLENGE EVEN WHAT THEY THINK WILL ADDRESS IT NOW WILL HAVE CHANGED BY MARCH 25 >> Rosemary: IF WE'VE SEEN ANYTHING IS THAT THIS STORY MOVES QUICKLY I WILL REMIND VIEWERS THAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S HOUSE RIDEAU COTTAGE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL

WE ARE WAITING FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TO ADDRESS THE MEASURES HIS GOVERNMENT WILL BE ENFORCING TO CONTAIN COVID-19 WE WILL BRING YOU A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH HIS MINISTERS WHO ARE IN A DIFFERENT LOCATION BECAUSE THE PRIME MINISTER IS SELF-ISOLATING THIS COMES AFTER THE GOVERNMENT MOVED AND RAMPED UP MEASURES SPECIFICALLY ON FRIDAY ON A NUMBER OF FRONTS, ON A PUBLIC HEALTH FRONT AND ECONOMICALLY IT ALSO COMES PERHAPS JUST DAYS BEFORE WE'RE EXPECTING A MAJOR FISCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE FROM THE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TO DEAL WITH THE MARKETS THAT ARE IN CHAOS TODAY IT DID SEEM A LITTLE MORE SECURE ON FRIDAY AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT, BUT THERE ARE LOSSES AGAIN TODAY

DAVID COCHRANE JOINS ME VASSY AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW QUICKLY THIS STORY MOVES AND CHANGES YOU KNOW, I EVEN NOTICE NUNAVUT TODAY, WHICH LAST I CHECKED HAD NO CASES OF CORONAVIRUS, HAS DECIDED TO SHUT ITS SCHOOLS PEOPLE ARE MOVING IN A PREVENTIVE WAY IN SOME AREAS OF THIS COUNTRY, BUT MOVING QUICKLY TO STOP OR SLOW THIS DOWN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE >> David: THE NUMBERS HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE FRIDAY

WHEN YOU HEAR DR THERESA TAM SAY WE NEED TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, THAT IS SLOWING THE RATE OF GROWTH SO THE HEALTH CARE ISN'T OVERWHELMED HER COMMENT ABOUT THE WINDOW BEING NARROW AND CLOSING PROBABLY IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING THAT HAS BEEN SAID IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS BECAUSE THAT IS THE GOAL, TO FLATTEN THE CURVE THE VIRUS IS IN OUR POPULATION AND SPREADING PEOPLE ARE BRINGING IT BACK AS THEY TRAVEL BACK FROM THE UNITED STATES

THE GOAL IS TO STOP THAT OVERWHELMING THE HEALTH SYSTEMS PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTH IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE THESE MEASURES IN A LOT OF PLACES THE HOUSING CAPACITY ISN'T THERE TO DO SELF-ISOLATION OR MANDATORY QUARANTINE IF IT GETS TO THAT POINT THAT'S WHY ON FRIDAY WHEN WE HEARD TRANSPORTATION MINISTER MARC GARNEAU SAYING WE'RE DELAYING THE CRUISE SEASON OR CANCELLING IT IN THE NORTH BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE FACILITIES OR CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH A LOCALIZED OUTBREAK SO YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER, 377 CONFIRMED OR PRESUMPTIVE CASES IN CANADA RIGHT NOW, WE WERE UNDER 200 BEFORE THE WEEKEND

THAT JUST GIVES YOU A SENSE OF HOW QUICKLY IT IS MOVING HERE AND UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR URGENT ACTION FROM ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, BUT ALSO EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN CANADA >> Rosemary: JUST TO REMIND PEOPLE, A SIGNIFICANT SHIFT FROM THE WEEKEND FROM A FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE IS DR THERESA TAM SAYING ANYONE ARRIVING FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY TO CANADA NEEDS TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS IT IS NO LONGER A QUESTION OF WHETHER YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR HAVE BEEN TO SOME OF THE HOTBEDS OF THIS VIRUS LIKE ITALY AND CHINA, IT IS NOW THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST DO IT THAT IS THE ADVICE

IF YOU ARE COMING IN FROM ANOTHER DESTINATION BACK INTO CANADA, THEN YOU NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS YOU WILL NOW GET THAT INFORMATION AT THE AIRPORTS AND THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE RECOMMENDING LET ME BRING IN DR MICHAEL GARDAM AGAIN I NOTICED A CLIP OF ONE OF — I FORGET HIS NAME, BUT ONE OF THE DOCTORS AT THE W

HO OVER THE WEEKEND AND EVERYONE KEPT CIRCULATING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA HIS MESSAGE WAS ACT FAST AND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE DON'T WORRY ABOUT PERFECTION

IT'S THE SPEED HERE IS THAT THE CASE THAT IT IS BETTER IN INSTANCES LIKE THIS TO MAKE MISTAKES RATHER THAN TO GO TOO SLOWLY? >> Caller: ABSOLUTELY, IT IS BETTER TO MAKE MISTAKES AND ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION AND MOVE EARLIER RATHER THAN LATER YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE ALMOST 400 CASES TODAY OR 350 CASES TODAY BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK, THAT COULD BE 600 BY NEXT MONDAY, THAT COULD BE 1,200 CASES, TO GIVE YOU THE SENSE OF THE DOUBLING OF THIS EVERY THREE OR FOUR DAYS

IF YOU'RE GOING TO ACT, YOU NEED TO ACT WHEN THE NUMBERS ARE STILL RELATIVELY SMALL >> Rosemary: IT'S HARD WHEN YOU SEE EVERYBODY WEIGHING IN ON EVERYTHING THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING RIGHT NOW IT'S REALLY HARD TO KNOW AS A REGULAR PERSON WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND HAS THE GOVERNMENT DONE IT QUICKLY ENOUGH ARE YOU ABLE TO SORT OF ASSESS WHERE CANADA IS AT VERSUS OTHER COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW >> YEAH, WE'VE DONE BETTER THAN MOST THAN THOSE IN EUROPE

WE HAVE DONE THESE EARLIER THAN EUROPE, ABOUT A WEEK EARLIER, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS I THINK CANADIANS AS SORT OF A GROUP, WE'RE STILL STRUGGLING WITH WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS MEAN WHAT I'VE BEEN EXPLAINING TO PEOPLE OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS IT MEANS YOU'RE NOT AROUND PEOPLE CHOOSING TO GO TO A CROWDED COFFEE SHOP FOR TWO HOURS, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GO TO A PLAY OR TO THE MOVIES FRANKLY, YOU'RE GOING TO AVOID PUBLIC TRANSIT

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GO TO YOUR FRIEND'S HOUSE YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BE AROUND PEOPLE IF YOU HAVE NO CHOICE IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE TRANSIT, FAIR ENOUGH IF YOU HAVE TO BUY GROCERIES, FAIR ENOUGH REALLY, IT IS MAKING CHOICES EVERY STEP ALONG THE WAY

IF WE ALL CAN DO THAT, WE WILL BE INSOMUCH BETTER SHAPE THAN IF WE HADN'T DONE ANYTHING >> Rosemary: IT DOES SEEM LIKE IN ITALY THAT MESSAGE WASN'T RECEIVED MAYBE AS SERIOUSLY AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IF YOU DO IT, IT DOES CHANGE THINGS SIGNIFICANTLY >> Caller: YEAH, IT DOES THIS ISN'T HYPOTHETICAL ANYMORE

WE HAVE DATA FROM A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES AND SEE WHEN THEY BROUGHT THEIR SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES IN YOU CAN SEE THE SHAPE OF THE CURVE FLATTENING AND SEE IT HAPPEN THIS ISN'T THEORETICAL, THIS IS REAL THE TRICK IS HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET THAT MESSAGE I MEAN, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I GOT ASKED IS NOW THAT SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED AND KIDS ARE GOING TO BE QUARANTINED, ARE KIDS GOING TO GO TO THE MALL? NO, THEY SHOULDN'T, THAT'S THE POINT

THEY SHOULD BE AT HOME >> Rosemary: EVEN PLAY DATES, DON'T DO IT ADULT PLAY DATES AS WELL THAT WAS DR MICHAEL GARDAM

THAT IS THE PODIUM WHERE THE PRIME MINISTER WILL COME OUT AND SPEAK TO CANADIANS YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT HIS FAMILY IS SELF-ISOLATING AND HAS BEEN FOR A FEW DAYS ANYWAY SINCE HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU, TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AFTER TRAVELLING TO EUROPE MAYBE 10 DAYS AGO THE PRIME MINISTER HAS NOT SHOWN ANY SYMPTOMS TO DATE HE HAS NOT BEEN TESTED BECAUSE THEY DO NOT TEST ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE HIM AND HIS KIDS ARE ON LOCKDOWN IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE THAT IS THE ADVICE FROM PUBLIC HEALTHS FOR HIM AND ANYONE ELSE

HE IS GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT NEW MEASURES THAT WE EXPECT WILL IMPACT AIRPORTS AND TRAVEL, SOMETHING TO DO WITH BOTH OF THOSE MEASURES THIS IS AT A TIME WHEN OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE DOING THE SAME TYPE OF THING THE EUROPEAN UNION MOVING TO BAN NON-ESSENTIAL FOREIGN TRAVEL FOR A PERIOD OF 30 DAYS THAT AFFECTS SOME 30 COUNTRIES THE UNITED KINGDOM'S BORIS JOHNSON WHO HAS BEEN UNDER A LOT OF SCRUTINY FOR THE WAY HE IS HANDLING THINGS IN HIS COUNTRY, WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN HERE, HE SAID STOP ALL UNNECESSARY CONTACT AND TRAVEL

THE US MOVED TO BAN EUROPEAN TRAVEL FOR 30 DAYS, EXCLUDING THE UK THEY HAVE NOW ADDED THE UNITED KINGDOM TO THAT LIST

IF YOU'RE A CITIZEN OF THOSE COUNTRIES, YOU CAN GET BACK IN AND WILL NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE BUT IF YOU ARE NOT A CITIZEN, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN VASSY KAPELOS IS JOINING US NOW AGAIN SO HE'S A LITTLE LATE, THE PRIME MINISTER AND THAT'S BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY FAST-MOVING AND FAST-CHANGING STORY

I WOULD IMAGINE CERTAINLY THE GOVERNMENT WAS WORKING THROUGH THE WEEKEND TO COME UP WITH THE MEASURES WE WILL HEAR TODAY AND OTHER MEASURES THERE WAS A CABINET MEETING YESTERDAY WHERE THIS WAS A — I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF STRESSFUL IS THE RIGHT WORD, BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES ON THE BEST MEASURES AND THEY HAVE TO BE AWARE OF HOW IT IMPACTS THE COUNTRY AT LARGE >> Vassy: WE CAN NOTE THAT USUALLY HE'S LATE FOR PRESS CONFERENCES I'M GETTING A LOT OF MESSAGES

THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT WE'RE SO TUNED IN MY PHONE IS EXPLODING RIGHT NOW WITH MOMS WHO ARE WATCHING AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR KIDS, WHAT'S GOING TO BE CLOSED I KNOW THERE IS HEIGHTENED INTEREST IN WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SAY THE QUESTION YOU ASKED THE DOCTOR WAS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO ME BECAUSE I THINK THE REASON I'M GETTING SO MANY REASONS AND THIS WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, PEOPLE WERE ASKING ME ON THE STREET TODAY, CAN YOU FIND OUT WHAT THE ONE ANSWER IS ON A, B, OR C

IT COULD BE TAKING YOUR KID ON A PLAY DATE AND WHAT ARE THEY DOING AT THE BORDER I THINK THERE IS A REAL HUNGER FOR ONE SET OF INSTRUCTIONS YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING WHAT THEIR OWN BEHAVIOUR SHOULD BE AND GETTING A LOT OF DIFFERENT INFORMATION FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES AND ALL GOVERNMENT SOURCES AND ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS JUST AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, BE IT MUNICIPALITIES OR PROVINCES

SO I THINK THERE ARE SOME VERY GENUINE QUESTIONS TOWARDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOW ABOUT THE STUFF THAT THEY CAN CONTROL WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT EARLIER THE BORDER IS ONE OF THEM IF THEY ARE STRENGTHENING MEASURES AT THE BORDER AND FUNNEL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AND MAYBE PASSENGERS BASED ON WHERE THEY'RE FROM TO ONLY CERTAIN PARTS OF CANADA, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN, HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN, WHAT DO THEY ANTICIPATE THE IMPACT WILL BE I THINK THE QUESTION YOU ASKED THE DOCTOR AROUND THE BORDER IS AN INTERESTING ONE

WHEN WE'VE ASKED THE QUESTION, WE'VE BEEN TOLD THE SCIENCE DOESN'T SUPPORT THAT WILL MAKE AN IMPACT, EVEN THOUGH WE SAW SO MANY HAVING TRAVELLED WITH THE VIRUS I'M NOT A SCIENTIST AND I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE FROM WHAT I'M HEARING AROUND THE CABINET TABLE, THERE IS A SHIFT AND AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT THERE IS A WORRY ABOUT THOSE WHO TRAVELLED FROM THE US AND ALSO EUROPE

THE ATTITUDE SEEMS TO BE LET'S DO ANYTHING WE CAN TO MITIGATE THAT I WONDER, I GUESS, WHAT THE — HOW THAT DECISION IS MADE, HOW IT HAS BEEN MADE, WHY IT WASN'T MADE EARLIER I THINK THE TIMING QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BE IMPORTANT ONES FOR THE GOVERNMENT >> Rosemary: YOU'RE QUITE RIGHT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ASKING QUESTIONS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING HOW THIS IS GOING TO PLAY OUT

IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO EXPLAIN HOW IT'S REACHED THOSE DECISIONS IT'S LEANING HEAVILY ON THE ADVICE IT'S GETTING FROM PUBLIC HEALTH I EXPECT THIS IS NO DIFFERENT WHEN YOU'RE MAKING DECISIONS NOT UNLIKE THE CIVIL SERVICE TO DATE EVERYONE WAS TOLD TO WORK FROM HOME

PART OF THE REASON THAT DECISION WAS MADE SO LATE IS THERE ARE ACTUAL CONSEQUENCES TO THAT HAPPENING IF YOU HAVE CASUAL WORKERS, IT'S POSSIBLE THEY DON'T GET WORK ANYMORE IF THOSE MEASURES ARE IN PLACE ALL OF THESE DECISIONS HAVE DOMINO EFFECTS AND WHILE YOU'RE WORKING TO CONTAIN OR MITIGATE THE VIRUS, YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT COULD TOPPLE OVER AT THE SAME TIME I THINK THAT'S WHAT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT, I WOULD IMAGINE, AROUND THE CABINET TABLE I WOULD SAY THE OTHER THING TOO, VASSY, THAT PEOPLE MAY BE GETTING A LITTLE CONFUSED OR FRUSTRATED WITH IS THE SPLIT OF JURISDICTIONS WHICH IS A LOVELY FEATURE IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT SOMETIMES CAN MAKE IT A LITTLE CONFUSING BECAUSE YOU SAW, FOR INSTANCE, ONTARIO MOVE TO SHUT DOWN SCHOOLS VERY QUICKLY

ALBERTA ONLY JUST DID IT THESE ARE OBVIOUSLY PROVINCIAL JURISDICTIONS AND THEY HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS WITH THEIR OWN PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS THAT'S WHY YOU'RE SEEING A LOT OF THAT DIFFERENT KIND OF MESSAGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL BUT CERTAINLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A LEADERSHIP ROLE TO PLAY IN WHAT IT'S TELLING CANADIANS AND SIGNALLING TO CANADIANS ABOUT HOW TO BEHAVE >> Vassy: DOES IT BECOME LESS VOLUNTARY AND MORE INSTRUCTIVE AND DIRECT

I THINK THAT IS A CAUSE OF IF I COULD SAY SELF DOUBT FOR PEOPLE THEY'RE SAYING THAT'S THE ADVICE, BUT WHAT DOES THAT NECESSARILY MEAN TO ME OR TO AN AIRLINE COMPANY OR INSURANCE OR THAT SORT OF THING I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT AT THE JURISDICTIONAL STUFF, BUT THE MUNICIPALITIES TOO ALL HAVE THEIR OWN PUBLIC HEALTH STRUCTURES A LOT OF THE ADVICE WE'RE GETTING BASED ON THOSE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, DIFFERS YOU HAVE OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH SAYING STAY INSIDE

YOU HAVE ONTARIO PUBLIC HEALTH SAYING WE'RE NOT AT THE POINT WHERE WE'RE GOING TO CLOSE DOWN ANY BUSINESSES WILL THAT END UP BEING SOMETHING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEIGHS IN ON IT'S UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT AND ALSO IT'S HARD TO KNOW, AND MAYBE IT IS FOR THEM TOO, BUT WHAT'S THE MARKER AT WHAT POINT DOES IT BECOME INSTRUCTIVE TO SAY YOU'VE GOT TO CLOSE THINGS DOWN AND YOU'VE GOT TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND WHAT BECOMES AVAILABLE TO THEM

THERE ARE A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS THE RESULT IS YOU HAVE A LOT OF CANADIANS WHO ARE UNCLEAR ABOUT WHAT ACTIONS THEY ARE TO TAKE >> Rosemary: IT'S AN ANXIOUS TIME ANYWAY IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING TO MAKE DECISIONS AROUND YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH, THAT MAKES IT HARDER WE ARE BEING TOLD, ONLY TOLD, THAT WE ARE FIVE MINUTES AWAY FROM THE PRIME MINISTER COMING OUT TO SPEAK TO CANADIANS

THIS IS NOT A RESULT OF THE SELF-ISOLATION ALL PRIME MINISTERS TEND TO BE A LITTLE TARDY AND THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE FINALIZING WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO SAY AND HOW THEY'RE GOING TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THESE KEY QUESTIONS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT AS THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE PAST SEVEN OR FIVE DAYS HAS RAMPED UP SIGNIFICANTLY THE WAY IT IS ADDRESSING THE OUTBREAK, BOTH FROM A HEALTH PERSPECTIVE AND AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE, EXTRAORDINARY TIMES WE ARE IN THIS IS PARTLY WHY IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR ALL OF US TO UNDERSTAND THE DECISIONS AND THE DECISION-MAKING HERE THAT THIS IS REALLY AN UNPRECEDENTED TIME FOR THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD IN MANY WAYS, AS THE GOVERNMENT LOOKS FOR WAYS TO RESPOND THAT MAKES SENSE RIGHT NOW I'M GOING TO GO QUICKLY TO MEAGAN FITZPATRICK, WHO IS AT TORONTO'S INTERNATIONAL PEARSON AIRPORT

WE CAN'T SEE YOU BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING AT A DOOR ARE THERE PEOPLE THERE? I ONLY HAVE A MINUTE >> Meagan: IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE FLIGHTS COMING IN BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE WAITING IN THE ARRIVALS AREA — >> Rosemary: I'M SORRY, MEAGAN, I'M GOING TO CUT YOU OFF BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR HIM >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: HELLO, EVERYONE OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, WE'VE SEEN COVID-19 SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD AT EVEN A FASTER PACE

CANADA IS NO EXCEPTION FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE OUTBREAK, OUR GOVERNMENT TOOK NECESSARY MEASURES TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY WE'VE BASED OUR RESPONSE ON SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE, ON INPUT FROM OUR WORLD-CLASS HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND AUTHORITIES WE CONTINUE TO BASE OUR RESPONSE ON KEEPING CANADIANS AS PROTECTED AND AS SUPPORTED AS POSSIBLE WE ASSURED YOU THAT AS THE SITUATION EVOLVED, OUR RESPONSE WOULD EVOLVE TOO

AS THE VIRUS CONTINUES ITS SPREAD, WE'VE DECIDED TO TAKE INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE STEPS TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] FIRST OF ALL, WE WILL BE CLOSING OUR BORDERS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF CANADA THIS MEASURE PROVIDES FOR CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS, PARTICULARLY FOR CREW MEMBERS, DIPLOMATS, AND PEOPLE WHOSE IMMEDIATE — AND MEMBERS OF THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY [END OF TRANSLATION] FIRST, WE WILL BE DENYING ENTRY TO CANADA TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CANADIAN CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS THIS MEASURE WILL CARVE OUT SOME DESIGNATED EXCEPTIONS, INCLUDING FOR AIR CREWS, DIPLOMATS, IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS OF CANADIAN CITIZENS, AND AT THIS TIME U

S CITIZENS [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] SECOND, AIRLINES WILL RECEIVE THE FORMAL ORDER TO BAN ALL TRAVELLERS WITH SYMPTOMS FROM GETTING ON AN AIRLINE THESE ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA ANY INDIVIDUAL WITH SYMPTOMS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER CANADA

I KNOW THAT THIS IS NEWS THAT WILL CONCERN MANY CANADIANS WHO ARE ABROAD I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU TO HELP CANADIANS WHO ARE ASYMPTOMATIC TO RETURN TO CANADA, WE WILL INTRODUCE A PROGRAM FOR CANADIANS ABROAD THEY WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING TO COVER ESSENTIAL COSTS WHILE WAITING TO RETURN TO THE COUNTRY [END OF TRANSLATION] AIR TRAVELLERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO BAN THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS FROM BOARDING AN AIRPLANE

ANYONE WHO HAS SYMPTOMS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COME TO CANADA I KNOW THIS NEWS WILL SPARK CONCERN AMONG CANADIANS TRAVELLING ABROAD I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL NOT LEAVE YOU UNSUPPORTED OUR GOVERNMENT WILL SET UP A SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR CANADIANS WHO NEED TO GET ON A PLANE CANADIAN TRAVELLERS WILL BE ABLE TO GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP THEM WITH THE COSTS OF RETURNING HOME OR TEMPORARILY COVERING THEIR BASIC NEEDS WHILE THEY WAIT TO COME BACK TO CANADA

[Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] THIRD, STARTING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, ONLY FOUR CANADIAN AIRPORTS WILL RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS, PEARSON IN TORONTO, MONTREAL TRUDEAU, THE INTERNATIONAL VANCOUVER AIRPORT, AND THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR THE TIME BEING, DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AS WELL AS FLIGHTS FROM THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO, THE CARIBBEAN WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS MEASURE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED TODAY WILL NOT APPLY TO TRADE OR BUSINESSES WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT CANADA CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT GOODS [END OF TRANSLATION] STARTING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, ONLY FOUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS, TORONTO PEARSON, MONTREAL TRUDEAU, VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL, AND CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

AT THIS TIME DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AND FLIGHTS FROM THE US, MEXICO, AND THE CARIBBEAN WILL NOT BE AFFECTED THE ANNOUNCEMENTS TODAY WILL NOT APPLY TO COMMERCE OR TRADE WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE THE SUPPLY OF IMPORTANT GOODS TO CANADA

I KNOW THAT THESE MEASURES ARE FAR-REACHING THEY ARE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES CALLING FOR EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES EARLIER TODAY I HAD A CALL WITH OUR G7 PARTNERS TO INFORM THEM OF THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, CANADA'S RESPONSE HAS BEEN BASED ON THE LATEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE AND ADVICE FROM OUR WORLD-CLASS HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT IS NO DIFFERENT

THESE MEASURES WILL HELP SAVE LIVES >> PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE HAVE'S WORK CONTINUES TO MAKE SURE THE LARGEST NUMBER OF CANADIANS POSSIBLE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE LATEST INFORMATION, HEALTH CANADA WILL BE PROVIDING A DAILY UPDATE AT NOON, STARTING TOMORROW TODAY, THEIR PRESS CONFERENCE WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW MINE >> AS DR TAM SAID YESTERDAY, PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES HAVE CONDUCTED 25,000 TESTS UP TO DATE AND THIS WORK CONTINUES TO ENSURE MORE CANADIANS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE LATEST INFORMATION ON COVID-19, HEALTH CANADA WILL BE HOLDING THEIR DAILY UPDATE AT THE SAME PLACE, AT NOON, STARTING TOMORROW

TODAY THEIR PRESS CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER MY REMARKS [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] THE MEASURES ANNOUNCED TODAY COULD BE ADDED TO ALL THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DOING UP UNTIL NOW LAST FRIDAY, NEW MEASURES WERE ANNOUNCED TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY >> THIS IS A TOOL THAT HAS WORKED BEFORE AND IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES AND WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT IT IS GOING TO WORK AGAIN THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THIS PANDEMIC IS SHIFTING HOURLY AND WE RECOGNIZE THE STRESS ANXIETY THAT IT IS CAUSING

AS I'VE SAID, WE ARE PREPARED TO SEE CANADIANS THROUGH THIS TIME WE WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO ANNOUNCE AS EARLY AS TOMORROW TO PROTECT CANADIANS, PARTICULARLY OUR MOST VULNERABLE RIGHT NOW PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES ARE FACING DIFFERENT REALITIES AND RISKS, INCLUDING TAKES STEPS THAT MAKE SENSE FOR PEOPLE IN EACH AREA AT THE SAME TIME, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO BUILD AN ALIGNED CANADA-WIDE APPROACH ON FRIDAY, I HELD A MEETING AND INFORMATION HAS BEEN FLOWING CONTINUOUSLY SINCE

WE HAVE BEEN IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES SO THERE ARE NO BARRIERS BETWEEN OUR JURISDICTIONS DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME DURING THE MEETING, I SPOKE TO PREMIERS ABOUT THE BILLION DOLLARS COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS PUT IN PLACE, INCLUDING SUPPORT FOR PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AND THEIR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS SO HOSPITALS CAN PREPARE WE CAN STILL SLOW THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS, BUT AS DR TAM SAID, THAT WINDOW IS CLOSING SO FAR, WE SEEN MANY PROVINCES TAKE AGGRESSIVE STEPS TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES

I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK IT'S TIME TO TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE THE COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND ALSO INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES ON FRIDAY, I SPOKE WITH FIRST NATION, INUIT AND METIS NATION LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE WORK WE'RE DOING TOGETHER ON PREPAREDNESS AND MITIGATION EFFORTS MINISTER MILLER ALSO PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON OUR REGULAR COORDINATION WITH INDIGENOUS PARTNERS, AS WELL AS THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES

MINISTER HAS ALSO BEEN CONNECTING WITH THE TERRITORIES AND IS WORKING ON EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES TO PROTECT THE NORTH WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE, IS PREPARED [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] THE MEASURES ANNOUNCED TODAY COULD BE ADDED TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS I WANT TO REMIND ALL CANADIANS THAT THEY SHOULD AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY UNTIL NEW INFORMATION IS PROVIDED WE ALSO RECOMMEND ALL THOSE WHO ARE CURRENTLY ABOARD TO RETURN TO CANADA WHILE IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO DO SO

I WANT TO BE CLEAR, IF YOU ARE ABROAD AT THIS TIME, IT'S TIME TO COME BACK HOME IF YOU HAVE JUST RETURNED, YOU MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS AND FINALLY, ALL CANADIANS SHOULD STAY HOME BY STAYING HOME, WE CANNOT ONLY PROTECT YOUR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF YOUR FAMILY BUT ALSO ENSURE THAT OUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM CAN PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT TO THOSE WHO TRULY NEED IT >> I WANT TO REMIND ALL CANADIANS THEY SHOULD AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OUR COUNTRY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE CANADIAN TRAVELLERS SHOULD RETURN TO CANADA VIA COMMERCIAL MEANS WHILE IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO DO SO

LET ME BE CLEAR, IF YOU'RE ABROAD, IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO COME HOME IF YOU JUST ARRIVED, YOU MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS FINALLY, ALL CANADIANS, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SHOULD STAY HOME BY STAYING HOME, YOU CANNOT ONLY PROTECT YOUR HEALTH AND THAT OF THOSE AROUND YOU, BUT ENSURE THAT OUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS CAN FOCUS ON THOSE WHO NEED THEIR HELP THIS IS AN ADJUSTMENT FOR ALL OF US

WE KNOW THAT STAYING HOME IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY AND EACH OTHER WE ALL HAVE TO DO IT WHAT I DON'T — I WANT TO REMIND ALL CANADIANS THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVE TO STOP TALKING TO EACH OTHER PICK UP THE PHONE, WRITE AN E-MAIL, FACE TIME THE STRENGTH OF OUR COUNTRY IS OUR CAPACITY TO COME TOGETHER AND CARE FOR EACH OTHER, ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF NEED

SO CALL YOUR FRIENDS, CHECK IN WITH YOUR FAMILY, THINK OF YOUR COMMUNITY BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED AT THE STORE IF YOU'RE HEADED OUT TO GRAB GROCERIES, ASK YOUR NEIGHBOUR IF YOU CAN GET THEM ANYTHING IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WORKING ON THE FRONT LINES, SEND THEM A THANK YOU SEE HOW THEY'RE HOLDING UP

IN CANADA, WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE OUTSTANDING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS I WANT TO THANK THEM ONCE AGAIN FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO KEEP US ALL SAFE AT THE SAME TIME, OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO DO TO KEEP YOU SAFE, TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE, AND TO KEEP OUR ECONOMY STRONG NO MATTER WHAT OUR NEXT STEPS LOOK LIKE, YOU CAN REST ASSURED THAT WE WILL TAKE THEM TOGETHER WITH PREMIERS AND MAYORS, WITH DOCTORS AND FAMILIES, AND NEIGHBOURS BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT CANADIANS DO IN DIFFICULT TIMES WE PULL TOGETHER AND WE LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER

[Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] MR TRUED TRUDEAU, THE RESPONSE OF YOUR GOVERNMENT IS SAID TO BE TOO SLOW BY MANY, PARTICULARLY THEY'RE SAYING THERE WERE LAXED MEASURES IN AIRPORTS ARE YOU TAKING ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS DONE? >> [Voice of Interpreter] WELL, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE SITUATION IS EVOLVING VERY QUICKLY WE HAVE TAKEN SIGNIFICANT MEASURES IN RECENT DAYS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS OF TODAY I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN THAT PEOPLE HAVE, BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE MEASURES ARE IN PLACE TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE

>> I WILL HIGHLIGHT THAT THE SITUATION HAS BEEN EVOLVING EXTREMELY RAPIDLY WE HAVE TAKEN MEASURES OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF DAYS TO PROTECT CANADIANS I CAN UNDERSTAND PEOPLE'S FRUSTRATIONS AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE ENSURING THERE IS MORE THAT WILL BE DONE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] SO YOU DON'T THINK YOU MADE ANY MISTAKES THUS FAR? >> [Voice of Interpreter] WELL, THERE ARE CERTAINLY THINGS WE HAVE TO DO AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO MORE EVERYDAY >> [Voice of Interpreter] NOW WITH RESPECT TO THE UNITED STATES, WHY NOT INCLUDE THE UNITED STATES? WHAT'S PART OF THAT EQUATION? WE ARE VERY CLOSELY COORDINATING OUR OPERATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES

IN RECENT DAYS, I SPOKEN SEVERAL TIMES TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WE RECOGNIZE THE INTEGRATION OF OUR TWO COUNTRIES AND THAT DEMANDS A PARTICULAR LEVEL OF COORDINATION OVER THE NEXT STEPS AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING >> PRIME MINISTER, YOU HAVE BEEN TELLING US FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NOW THAT A TRAVEL BAN WAS NOT REQUIRED AND IT WASN'T HELPFUL WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND OVERNIGHT AND DO YOU REGRET NOT ACTING SOONER TO TAKE THIS STEP THAT WAS TAKEN BY OTHER JURISDICTIONS, OTHER COUNTRIES >> THIS SITUATION HAS BEEN EINVOLVING EXTREMELY RAPIDLY AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY HAS BEEN EVOLVING AS WELL

THE BEST ADVICE OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, NOW IT'S TIME TO TAKE THIS PARTICULAR STEP IT IS A SIGNIFICANT STEP IT IS A STEP THAT WE TAKE IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT IT IS THE RIGHT STEP TO BE TAKEN TODAY >> ANOTHER BRUTAL DAY ON THE STOCK MARKETS, TS

X IS DOWN 7%, ALMOST 8% THIS MORNING WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO CANADIANS WHO ARE SEEING THEIR RETIREMENT SAVINGS BEING WIPED AWAY AND THOSE WHO ARE THINKING OF RETIRING IN THE NEAR FUTURE >> OUR FOCUS RIGHT NOW IS ENSURING THAT CANADIANS WHO ARE STAYING HOME FROM WORK HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BE ABLE TO BUY GROCERIES AND PAY THEIR RENT THESE ARE MEASURES WE WILL BE MOVING FORWARD WITH IN THE COMING DAYS TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE CAN KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONES SAFE AND HEALTHY

WE WILL, OF COURSE BE MOVING TOWARDS SUPPORTING BUSINESSES AS WE ALREADY HAD WITH SIGNIFICANT ACCESS TO CREDIT OF $10 BILLION, AND OTHER MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT IN THE SHORT-TERM, WE ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN THE MEDIUM-TERM AND INTO THE LONG-TERM, WE WILL NEED TO INVEST SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS TO RESTORE PEOPLE'S CONFIDENCE IN THE ECONOMY, TO RESTORE THE KIND OF GROWTH THAT WILL ENSURE A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL CANADIANS, AROUND — AND WE WILL DO THOSE THINGS AS NEEDED [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] SO THERE ARE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING ABOUT HELP FOR FAMILIES, BUT CAN YOU TELL THE FAMILIES THAT NEED HELP WHEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE IT? >> [Voice of Interpreter] WELL, WE WILL BE MAKING MONEY AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES, THE MOST VULNERABLE ONES IN THE COMING DAYS WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES OR PAY THEIR RENT, SO THESE ARE CONCRETE CONCERNS, PARTICULARLY AMONG PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND HOLD VULNERABLE JOBS OR PART TIME JOBS THAT'S WHY WE WILL BE MAKING ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE COMING DAYS THAT WILL SHOW THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL RECEIVE THE NECESSARY MONEY TO COME THROUGH THIS PERIOD

>> [Voice of Interpreter] WHEN WILL PEOPLE GET THAT MONEY? >> [Voice of Interpreter] WE'LL BE ANNOUNCING THAT IN THE COMING DAYS >> MANY OF THE NEW CASES CAN BE TRACED TO THE US WHY ARE US

CITIZENS EXCEPT FROM ENTRY RESTRICTIONS TO CANADA? >> WE'VE BEEN COLLABORATING CLOSELY WITH THE UNITED STATES, COORDINATING VARIOUS MEASURES WE TAKEN TOGETHER THE LEVEL OFNTEGRATION BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES ARE PARTICULAR, SO WE NEED TO DO MORE WORK TO ENSURE WE'RE DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE RIGHT WAY, BUT OUR FIRST REOCCUPATION IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE CONTINUED SAFETY OF CANADIANS WE WILL TAKE THE MEASURES NECESSARY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE >> Reporter: BUT THEN WHY ARE US

CITIZENS ALLOWED INTO CANADA? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE US BORDER? IS IT GOING TO BE CLOSED AT ALL? >> AT THIS POINT, WE ARE CLOSING OUR BORDERS TO ALL NON-CANADIAN OR NON-PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF CANADA WE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT FOR THE MOMENT THAT THE MEASURE DOES NOT APPLY TO US

CITIZENS, BUT WE WILL HAVE MORE WORK TO DO IN THE COMING DAYS TO ENSURE WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE NEED TO DO TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AND TO ENSURE THE FLOW OF GOODS AND NECESSARY EQUIPMENT TO CANADIANS [Speaking French] >> Reporter: [Voice of Interpreter] SO YOU ARE NOT RULING OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF CLOSING THAT BORDER, BUT WHAT WOULD BE THE TRIGGERS FOR THAT TO HAPPEN? >> [Voice of Interpreter] WELL, AS I SAID EVERY STEP WE WILL NOT RULE OUT ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE WE WILL MAKE OUR ASSESSMENTS STEP BY STEP AS TO THE BEST WAY OF KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE WE ARE MOVING FORWARD TODAY AND THERE ARE OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE COMING DAYS AND EVERY SINGLE TIME, WE WILL BE ASSESSING HOW WE CAN BETTER PROTECT CANADIANS AND KEEP OUR COUNTRY AND OUR ECONOMY AND OUR CITIZENS SAFE, AS WELL AS ENSURING THE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE U

S WILL BECOME WHAT EUROPE IS NOW ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THAT? >> [Voice of Interpreter] AS I SAID, WE'RE NOT RULING OUT ANY MEASURE AT THIS POINT EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE TO PROTECT CANADIANS, BUT WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS STEP BY STEP, AS WE HAVE FROM THE BEGINNING WE'LL TAKE THE NECESSARY MEASURES WHEN THEY BECOME NECESSARY

>> Reporter: THANK YOU, YOU SAID YOUR DECISIONS THUS FAR HAS BEEN DICTATED BY SCIENCE WHAT IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND LEAVING THE US BORDER OPEN BUT DENYING OTHER TRAVELERS >> WE REALIZE THE COORDINATION WE HAD OVER THE PAST WHILE PUTS THE U

S IN A SEPARATE CATEGORY FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD WE WILL CONTINUE TO COORDINATE WITH THE US WE WILL CONTINUE TO EXAMINE NEXT STEPS AND MEASURES THAT MUST BE TAKEN

TODAY WE ARE ANNOUNCING THAT WE ARE CLOSING OUR BORDERS TO ALL FOREIGN NATIONALS FROM EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD WE WILL HAVE MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO MAKE IN THE COMING DAYS AS THIS SITUATION EVOLVES >> Reporter: YOU SAID ALSO THAT CITIZENS — OR PEOPLE RETURNING TO CANADA MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS ARE YOU PREPARING ANY MEASURES TO ENSURE THEY DO THAT OR IS IT STILL VOLUNTARY? >> IF WE PUT IN MEASURES FOR MANDATORY SELF-ISOLATION AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE LOOKED FOR, THERE WOULD NEED TO BE ENFORCEMENT MEASURES AROUND THAT BOTH BY PUBLIC HEALTH AND BY PUBLIC SAFETY WE KNOW THAT AT THIS POINT THE EXPECTATION THAT PEOPLE SELF-ISOLATE IS SOMETHING THAT WE ASKED OF CANADIANS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND WE'RE EXPECTING TO DO

WE KNOW THAT CANADIANS WANT TO KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES SAFE AND WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT PEOPLE WILL DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP THEMSELVES, THEIR LOVED ONES, AND THEIR NEIGHBOURHOODS SAFE >> Reporter: ON FRIDAY, HEALTH MINISTER PATTY HAJDU DADE THAT CANADIANS THINK WE CAN STOP THIS AT THE BORDER, BUT WHAT WE SEE IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC WE SEE THAT IN COUNTRIES WITH THE TIGHTEST BORDERS WHAT HAS CHANGED? >> WE SEEN OVERTIME VARIOUS COUNTRIES TAKE STIFF BORDER MEASURES THAT PROVED INEFFECTIVE IN CANADA, WE BASE OUR DECISIONS ON PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ENSURE THAT CANADA'S APPROACH WORKED FOR MANY, MANY WEEKS IN KEEPING A VERY SLOW SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN CANADA THROUGH CONTACT TRACING AND OTHER MEASURES

WE NOW COME TO THE POINT WHERE THE BEST ADVICE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS IS THAT ADDITIONAL BORDER MEASURES ON TOP OF THE SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING DOMESTICALLY IS THE RIGHT COMBINATION TO MOVE FORWARD NOW >> Reporter: AND WE SEEN THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND THAT AIRPORTS WEREN'T ABLE TO KEEP UP, THEY WEREN'T ADVISING TRAVEL WHY IS REDIRECTING FLIGHTS TO PLACES, THE BUREAUCRACY WILL ADAPT AND ENFORCE THESE MEASURES? >> WE SEEN SHIFTS AT THE AIRPORT WHERE EVERY SINGLE TRAVELLER GETS ASKED IF THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS OR ACKNOWLEDGES TO SELF-ISOLATE WE WILL BE PUTTING FORWARD MORE SUPPORT IN THOSE FOUR AIRPORTS AS WELL I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT LOCAL JURISDICTION ARE STEPPING UP TO ASSIST IN THOSE FOUR AIRPORTS

WE KNOW THAT THERE IS MUCH MORE THAT WE CAN DO AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING [Speaking French] >> Reporter: [Voice of Interpreter] THERE IS A SENIOR WHO OFFICIAL THAT SAID THE PROBLEM IN SOCIETY IS THAT PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF MAKING A MISTAKE AND THE CONSEQUENCES THAT IT COULD HAVE FOR THEM

DOES THAT APPLY TO YOU? >> [Voice of Interpreter] NO, ON THE CONTRARY WE HAVE TAKEN THE NECESSARY MEASURES TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE THAT'S WHY FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS VIRUS CRISIS, WE HAVE SEEN MEASURES WORKING IN CANADA WE ARE ON A TRAJECTORY THAT IS MUCH LOWER THAN OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES SO WE ARE ALSO TAKING ADDITIONAL MEASURES TODAY BECAUSE IT IS TIME TO DO THAT

WE HAD A CABINET MEETING YESTERDAY WHERE WE HAD A LENGTHY DISCUSSION ABOUT VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS, AND WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT WHAT WE'RE RECOMMENDING TODAY OR DOING TODAY IS NECESSARY TO HELP CANADIANS STAY SAFE OF COURSE THE SITUATION IS EVOLING ALL THE TIME AND WE WILL BE UPDATING THESE MEASURES AS NEW ONES ARE REQUIRED >> Reporter: [Voice of Interpreter] YOU SAY YOU'RE RELYING ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF EXPERTS, BUT THEY DO NOT ALL AGREE NECESSARILY DOES THERE COME A TIME WHEN A POLITICAL DECISION IS NECESSARY TO REASSURE CITIZENS? >> [Voice of Interpreter] WELL, DECISIONS ARE NOT BEING MADE BY EXPERTS, THEY'RE BEING MADE BY PEOPLE WHO ARE ELECTED TO SERVE CANADIANS THOSE DECISIONS ARE MADE AFTER A DISCUSSION WITH EXPERTS AND WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AS A GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING

THANK YOU VERY MUCH >>> THAT'S THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA SPEAKING TO CANADIANS FOR THE SECOND TIME FROM JUST OUTSIDE HIS HOME AT RIDEAU COLLEGE WITH SOME SIGNIFICANT NEWS TODAY THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING THE MOVE TO LIMIT ENTRY INTO THIS COUNTRY TO CANADIAN CITIZENS, PERMANENT RESIDENTS, AND AMERICAN CITIZENS ALL OTHER VISITORS TO CANADA WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING THIS COUNTRY THIS IS A DECISION THAT COULD EFFECT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TRAVELLERS

IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO SAYING TODAY THAT NO ONE THAT IS SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 WILL BE ALLOWED ON BOARD A PLANE BACK TO CANADA THE GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT FOR THOSE PEOPLE IF NEEDED, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AS WELL THE PRIME MINISTER ALSO MAKING IT VERY CLEAR TODAY THAT CANADIANS WHO ARE OVERSEAS NEED TO COME HOME AND IF CANADIANS IN THE COUNTRY NEED TO STAY HOME ALL RIGHT, LET'S BRING IN THE HOST OF POWER AND POLITICS VASSY KAPELOS AND DAVID COCHRANE TO BREAK DOWN WHAT WE HEARD HERE NOW A SIGNIFICANT MEASURE AROUND BORDER RESTRICTIONS AND DENIAL OF ENTRY, WITH A BIG PIECE LEFT OUT AND THAT OF COURSE IS THE UNITED STATES

>> YES, WITH A VERY BIG CAVEAT THERE IF YOU WERE TO COMPARE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY WITH ANY OF THOSE THAT WERE MADE LAST WEEK, YOU COULD NOTE AS DAVID COCHRANE DID BEFORE THE SPECIAL THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE AND IT IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT DEPARTURE FROM THE MESSAGE WE HAVE HEARD PRIOR TO THIS IT IS ESSENTIALLY SHUTTING DOWN THE BORDER TO CERTAIN GROUPS OF PEOPLE, BUT YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT YOU SAW THOSE QUESTIONS FROM THE REPORTERS DIRECTED TO THE PRIME MINISTER MOST OF THEM WERE SORT OF FOCUSED ON THE IDEA THAT THE U

S IS EXEMPT FROM WHAT WAS ANNOUNCED SO PERMANENT RESIDENTS, CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED IN, CANADIAN CITIZENS WILL BE ALLOWED IN AND SO WILL US CITIZENS

THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED OVER AND OVER AGAIN, WHO ARE YOU EXEMPTING THOSE CITIZENS? IT'S NOT LIKE THIS VIRUS ISN'T AN ISSUE IN THE UNITED STATES THE HANDLING OF THE VIRUS IS UNDER IMMENSE SCRUTINY SOUTH OF THE BORDER HE WAS VERY CAREFUL WITH HIS WORDS HE TALKED ABOUT SPEAKING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP OFTEN AND THE INTEGRATION OF THE TWO ECONOMIES AS YOU AND I WERE TALKING PRIOR TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE, THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS

THE PREMIER IS PRESSING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT VERY HARD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE BORDER WITH THE US, TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CROSSED OVER FROM THE US TO CANADA AND ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

THAT IS A BIG CONCERN FOR ONTARIO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF CASES OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS AND WHERE THEY ARE ORIGINATING I THINK THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE QUESTION FOR THE PRIME MINISTER GOING FORWARD HE KEPT SAYING AT THE MOMENT THEY HAVE DECIDED TO EXEMPT US

CITIZENS, HOW LONG DOES THAT LAST AND WHAT ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS IF THAT WERE TO CHANGE? >> YEAH, THE RAMIFICATIONS CLEARLY ARE ECONOMIC AS THE PRIME MINISTER SAID TIME AND TIME AGAIN THERE ARE $25 BILLION IN GOODS AND SERVICES PER DAY AND I THINK JUST UNDER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE GOING BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE BORDER SO THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT THAT PUTS IT IN A DIFFERENT CASE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID HE WOULD LEAVE THE BORDER OPEN FOR THOSE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM BUT HE HAD TO CHANGE HIS OPINION AS WELL NOW IN 2019 ALONE, 75 MILLION TRAVELLERS CAME FROM OVERSEAS FROM COUNTRIES NOT INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES SO, IT'S A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED IN DAVID, REALLY THAT DECISION SEEMS TO BE ON A PUBLIC HEALTH BASIS, FIRST OF ALL, AND THEN JUGGLING THAT AND THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT TASK, JUGGLING THAT WITH THE ECONOMIC RELIANCE WE HAVE ON THE UNITED STATES

>> YEAH, IF YOU PULL BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED THIS IS A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY DAY I MEAN THE ADVICE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA HAS GONE FROM FRIDAY TO CANADIANS COME HOME TO ESSENTIALLY TELLING THE REST OF THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF TWO COUNTRIES TO STAY HOME DON'T TRY TO COME HERE BECAUSE OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY I MEAN THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND ALL THE PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ENGAGING IN A MASSIVE EXERCISE OF RISK MITIGATION RIGHT NOW AND ASKING CANADIANS TO FOLLOW ALONG

SO YOU HEARD THE PRIME MINISTER SAY WE NEED TO PULL TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY BY STAYING APART DON'T LEAVE YOUR HOUSE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY DO SOCIAL DISTANCING YOU GO BACK TO THIS UNITED STATES SITUATION, YOU DO HAVE THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WE HEARD THEM FROM ONTARIO TODAY THAT A LOT OF CASES ARE TRACED BACK TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES

THESE ARE CANADIANS COMING HOME, NOT NECESSARILY AMERICANS COING IN IT'S EASIER TO SHUT DOWN FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE AND ASIA THAN THE BORDER TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES GO BACK TO THE NAFTA CONVERSATION, THAT EXAMPLE OF A CAR CROSSING THE BORDER 13 OR 14 TIMES THAT APPLIES TO OUR MEDICAL SUPPLY CHAIN, THE EQUIPMENT WE NEED, TO ESSENTIAL MEDICINES, AND THE FOOD SUPPLY IF YOU GET TO THE SITUATION, WHICH THE PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID AND WHAT WE HEARD FROM CABINET OFFICIALS, THERE IS DEEP ANXIETY ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON STATE, AND NEW YORK STATE

BORDER STATES WITH A LOT OF TWO-WAY TRAVEL THERE IS A LOT OF DEEP CONCERN OVER THAT AND IT'S A LIVE ISSUE AND REAL CHANCE THAT THERE WILL BE TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS AT THE CANADA-US BORDER ONE THING I THINK WE NEED TO HEAR FROM THE MINISTERS WHICH WILL COME OUT AND GET INTO THE FINE DETAILS OF THINGS, ARE WE GOING TO ENHANCE SCREENINGS AT THE CANADA-U

S BORDER? IF WE'RE STOPPING ASIANS, EUROPEANS FROM COMING HERE, WHAT MEASURES ARE WE DEALING WITH IN THE US? IF YOU LOOK AT THE STORY OF THE VIRUS DOWN THERE, IT'S NOT A COMFORTING TALE >> YES, 25,000 TESTS IN CANADA, 23,000 TESTS IN THE UNITED STATES

I'M GOING TO BRING YOU TO THE MINISTERS WHO ARE SPEAKING NOW AND WILL PROBABLY GIVE US MORE DETAILS AND ANSWER MORE QUESTIONS WE'LL BRING THAT TOW — TO YOU LIVE [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] WE ARE IN CRITICAL TIMES AND OUR EFFORTS AIM TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 SPREAD AND TO REDUCE THE BURDEN ON OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND ON OUR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALS OUR PRIORITY IS THE HEALTH AND SECURITY OF CANADIANS >> WE ARE TAKING A FULL GOVERNMENT APPROACH AND INDEED A FULL CANADA APPROACH TO LIMITING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND TO KEEPING CANADIANS SAFE

THE THIS SHALLS WHICH THE PRIME MINISTER THAT THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED JUST NOW IS ESSENTIAL IN THAT EFFORT AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO ADAPT OUR APPROACH TO THE EVER CHANGING ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE ALL KNOW EXIST AS DR TAM SAID YESTERDAY, CANADA'S WINDOW TO FLATTEN THE CURVE IS CLOSING I URGE CANADIANS TO LISTEN TO THE VALUABLE ADVICE FROM OUR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS THESE ARE AND MUST BE OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY'S TRUSTED SOURCES OF ADVICE AND INFORMATION

WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE TELLING US IS THAT THIS SITUATION WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER THIS IS NOT A TIME TO QUIBBLE ABOUT FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OR ABOUT WHO WILL PAY THE BILL OUR CLEAR PRIORITY IS AND MUST BE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS I HAVE TO SAY, I AM SO PROUD OF HOW CANADIANS FROM BUSINESS TO LABOUR, FROM INDIGENOUS LEADERS TO PREMIERS AND MAYORS, AND OF COURSE OUR OUTSTANDING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ARE ALL RISING TO THE CHALLENGE TEAM CANADA TRULY IS COMING TOGETHER

TOGETHER WE CAN MEET THIS CHALLENGE AND WE WILL WE MUST ALL ACT NOW AND WE MUST ACT TOGETHER STARTING TODAY, WE WILL BE FORMALIZING FORMAL, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES AS DAILY BRIEFINGS FOR CANADIANS WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE A DAILY BRIEFING FOR ALL PARLIAMENTARIANS NOW WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH, PATTY HAJDU AND THEN MARC GARNEAU, AND THEN BILL BLAIR

[Speaking French] >> MY DEAR COLLEGE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD AND THE VICE CHAIR OF THE CABINET COMMITTEE ON COVID-19 THANK YOU >> THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR JOINING US AND GOOD AFTERNOON THE CASES OF COVID-19 IS RISING IN CANADA AND ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WORKING TOGETHER TO PREPARE AND SUPPORT CANADIANS THROUGH THIS UNPRECEDENTED HEALTH CRISIS FIRST I WANT TO OFFER MY DEEPEST THANK YOU TO THOSE ON THE FRONT LINE, THE BORDER SERVICE AGENTS, THE HEALTHCARE WORKERS, AND THE MANY OTHERS WHO ARE WORKING SO HARD ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US

I WANT TO THANK ALL THE WORKERS WHO ARE OFTEN UNSEEN AND UNSUNG, THE COOKS, THE CLEANERS, THE DRIVERS, AND OTHERS WHO ARE KEEPING ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED RUNNING AS YOU HEARD DR TAM SAY, NOW IS THE TIME TO PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS TO SLOW THE RATE OF INFECTION [Speaking French] >> Reporter: [Voice of Interpreter] WE MUST TRY VERY HARD TOGETHER >> AND IT WILL REQUIRE MUCH PERSONAL SACRIFICE

IT WILL REQUIRE ALL OF US HELPING IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS >> [Voice of Interpreter] TODAY WE CAN HELP OUR FAMILIES, COLLEGE COLLEAGUES, AND COMMUNITIES >> THE MEASURES WE TAKE NOW WILL PROTECT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT ARE MOST AT RISK AND ENSURE THAT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM CAN MEET ANY SURGE IN DEMAND ALL OF US CAN TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 STAY AT HOME, WASH YOUR HANDS WELL AND OFTEN AND PRACTISE SOCIAL DISTANCING

I KNOW THAT MANY PEOPLE ARE WORIED ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF FOOD AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES PLEASE KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT RUNNING OUT OF FOOD OR OTHER SUPPLIES THE RETAIL COUNCIL OF CANADA IS WORKING WITH OUR GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE OUR SUPPLY CHAIN REMAINS STRONG PLEASE DON'T BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED IN A TWO WEEK PERIOD REMEMBER YOUR NEIGHBOURS

THOSE PEOPLE THAT BUY JUST IN TIME AND BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED, BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER EVEN THOUGH THIS IS GOING TO BE REALLY HARD, CANADA IS STRONG, CANADIANS ARE STRONG, AND WE'VE BEEN THROUGH TIMES THAT ARE HARD BEFORE THE THINGS THAT WE DO NOW THAT REQUIRE SACRIFICE AND GENEROSITY WILL GET US THROUGH THIS TIME TOGETHER >> OKAY, AND TO MINISTER GATINEAU >> NOW LET'S GET INTO SOME SPECIFICS ABOUT TRAVEL

I AM ENACTING MEASURES UNDER THE AERONAUTICS ACT TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, ESPECIALLY THROUGH INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AS THE PRIME MINISTER STATED, EFFECTIVE MARCH 18th AT NOON, CANADA WILL DENY BOARDING TO ALL FOREIGN NATIONALS ON FLIGHTS TO CANADA OTHER THAN TRANSPORTER FLIGHTS, WHICH ARE FLIGHTS TO THE US AND ANY FOREIGN NATIONAL THAT RESIDED OUTSIDE OF CANADA OR THE UNITED STATES IN THE LAST 14 DAYS THE MEASURE WILL NOT APPLY TO CANADIAN CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS, IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS OF CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS TO AIR CREWS AND TO DIPLOMATS

[Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] I WILL REPEAT IN FRENCH AS OF NOON MARCH 18th, CANADA WILL PROHIBIT BOARDING FOR ANY FOREIGN NATIONAL WANTING TO BOARD A FLIGHT TO CANADA FROM ANY COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE US, AS WELL AS ANY FOREIGN NATIONAL THAT HAS RESIDED ELSEWHERE IN CANADA OR THE US

IN THE PREVIOUS 14 DAYS THIS MEASURE WILL NOT APPLY TO CANADIAN CITIZENS OR TO CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENTS OR THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY OF THESE TWO GROUPS, TO FLIGHT CREWS AND TO STAFF, AND TRAVELLERS IN TRANSIT TOWARDS OTHER COUNTRY OR TO DIPLOMATS >> THERE WILL BE SCREENING MEASURES FOR PASSENGERS BEFORE THEY BOARD FLIGHTS DESTINED TO CANADA AIR OPERATORS NEED TO DO A BASIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT TO ALL TRAVELLERS BEFORE BOARDING ANY PASSENGER REGARDLESS OF CITIZENSHIP WITH POSSIBLE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BOARD FLIGHTS TO CANADA

[Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] AIR OPERATORS WILL ALSO HAVE TO ASSESS PASSENGERS BEFORE THEY BOARD ON TO AN AIRCRAFT BOUND FOR CANADA AND ANY PERSON SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 REGARDLESS OF THEIR NATIONALITY WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED TO BOARD THE AIRCRAFT >> IF THE PASSENGER BEGINS TO SHOW SYMPTOMS BEFORE A FLIGHT, THERE ARE PROCEDURES TO DEALING WITH THIS, INCLUDING NOTIFYING THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL WITH DETAILS OF THE INCIDENT EFFECTIVE MARCH 18th AT 12:01 AM, IN OTHER WORDS, A MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY, ALL FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, AND SOUTH AMERICA WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE MONTREAL-TORONTO-CALGARY- VANCOUVER AIRPORTS

FLIGHTS FROM THE US, CARIBBEAN, AND MEXICO CAN CONTINUE TO LAND AT THEIR SCHEDULED CANADIAN DESTINATIONS BY KEEPING RESOURCES FOCUSED IN CERTAIN LOCATIONS, WE WILL ENSURE TRAVELLERS ARE BEING MANAGED AS SUFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY AND WITH AIRPORTS TO MINIMIZE DISRUPTIONS AND INCONVENIENCES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

PASSENGERS WHO BELIEVE THEIR TRAVEL PLANS MAY BE AFFECTED SHOULD CONTACT THEIR AIRLINE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC FLIGHTS DOMESTIC FLIGHTS BETWEEN CANADIAN DESTINATIONS ARE NOT EFFECTED BY THIS CHANGE I WANT TO THANK AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS FOR THEIR COOPERATION AS WE MANAGE THIS ONGOING SITUATION, AS WELL AS TO ALL FLIGHT CREW PERSONNEL FOR THEIR COOPERATION THESE MEASURES WILL CARVE OUT EXCEPTIONS FOR CERTAIN ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO NEED TO TRAVEL FREQUENTLY TO THE UNITED STATES THEY WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM THE 14 DAY SELF-ISOLATION

EXAMPLES OF THESE PEOPLE ARE THE CREW OF ANY PLANES, TRAINS, OR MARINE VESSEL CROSSING THE BORDER ON A REGULAR BASIS, TRUCK DRIVERS MAKING DELIVEIES ACROSS THE BORDER ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND PERSON WHOSE PROFESSION REQUIRES CROSS BORDER TRAVEL AND WE WILL BE CONSIDERING OTHER ESSENTIAL WORKERS AS WE MOVE FORWARD THANK YOU [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] THANK YOU VERY MUCH NOW MINISTER BLAIR >> I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN MY REMARKS TODAY BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE MANY QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED BY CANADIANS ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE IN OUR BORDER IN ORDER TO SCREEN ARRIVING PASSENGERS

I WANT TO ENSURE CANADIANS THAT FROM THE OUTSET, ALL OF THE ACTIONS TAKEN AT OUR BORDERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE EVIDENCE AND EXPERT ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH BASED ON THE ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH ON JANUARY 22nd, ENHANCED BORDER MEASURES WERE IMPLEMENTED AND EXPANDED TO ALL AIRPORTS ON FEBRUARY 9TH THESE MEASURES, INITIALLY INCLUDED ASKING TRAVELLERS IF THEY VISITED HUBEI PROVINCE IN CHINA AND THOSE WHO ANSWERED YES WERE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS TRAVELLERS WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS WERE REFERRED TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH CENTRE OF CANADA ADDITIONAL MEASURES WERE IMPLEMENTED

FOR THOSE WHO HAD BEEN TO HUBEI, THEY WERE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT CONTACT FORMS THEY WERE GIVEN SURGICAL MASKS ON MARCH 4th, ON THE ADVICE WE EXPANDED THE QUESTIONING TO INCLUDE TRAVELLERS FROM IRAN AND ON MARCH 12th, TRAVELLERS FROM ITALY ON MARCH 6th, CBSA EXPANDED ALL THE MEASURES TO INCLUDE LAND, BORDER, AND RAIL POINTS OF ENTRY CBSA IS RESPONDING TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY DR

TAM YESTERDAY DR TAM YESTERDAY AFTERNOON STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS SHOULD SELF-ISOLATE CBSA HAS BEEN PLANNING AND WAS PREPARED TO RESPOND IMMEDIATELY TO THIS DIRECTION FROM PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY CANADA HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CANADIANS CAN NOW EXPECT GOING FORWARD

AS THEY'RE BEING PROCESSED FROM RETURN FROM INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND THEY PASS THROUGH OUR KIOSKS, ALL OF THEM WILL BE ASKED, DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A COUGH, DIFFICULTY BREATHING, OR FEEL YOU HAVE A FEVER? THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO INDICATE ON THE FORM AN ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION THEY WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY ARE ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS TO PREVENT THE POTENTIAL SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN ADDITION TO THESE MEASURES, THERE WILL BE ENHANCED OFFICER PRESENCE AT ALL MAJOR AIRPORTS OF ENTRY TO CARRY OUT PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND OUTREACH OFFICERS WILL BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANY TRAVELLER THAT LOOKS ILL AND MAY REFER ANY SUSPECTED CASES TO PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES IN ADDITION, ALL PASSENGERS WILL BE GIVEN INSTRUCTIONAL HANDOUTS UPON ARRIVING IN CANADA AND REQUIRING THEM TO SELF-ISOLATE AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS TO MONITOR THEMSELVES FOR SYMPTOMS, AND TO CONTACT PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES IF THEY DEVELOP ANY ILLNESS

THERE WILL BE INCREASED SIGNAGE OF ALL POINTS OF ENTRY THE IMPORTANT MEASURES THAT HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED TODAY, ADDING ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS WILL MAKE CRITICAL WORK OF OUR BORDER OFFICERS FAR MORE EFFECTIVE BY EXAMPLE, BY LIMITING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO OUR FOUR MAIN AIRPORTS, IT ALLOWS FOR THE CONCENTRATION AND EFFICIENT USE OF OUR LIMITED RESOURCES AS WE WILL IDENTIFY ILL PASSENGERS BEFORE THEY ARRIVE, THEY WILL BE MET AT THE GATE, ISOLATED FROM PASSENGER PROCESSING AREAS, AND REFERRED IMMEDIATELY TO PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS FINALLY BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF NON-CANADIAN TRAVELERS, WE WILL SEE A REDUCTION OF THOSE TRAVELLING TO CANADA AND A REDUCTION OF THOSE NEEDING TO BE PROCESSED

I WANT TO THANK ALL CANADIANS FOR THEIR PATIENCE IN THIS TRYING TIME I ALSO WANT TO ENSURE THEM THAT AS OUR WORK PROCEEDS FORWARD, WE WILL DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AND WE WILL ENSURE THAT ALL OF OUR MEASURES ARE MEASURED AND BASED UPON THE BEST SCIENTIFIC AND EXPERT ADVICE PROVIDED BY OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THOSE AUTHORITIES, ALL OF OUR TERRITORIAL COUNTERPARTS AND OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO DO WHAT IS NEEDED FOR CANADIANS >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> [Voice of Interpreter] NOW I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY HEALTH CRISIS AND SECURITY CRISIS AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OURER TOMORROW AND PROVINCIAL PARTNERS TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS ARE SAFE AT HOME I WANT TO ENSURE ALL CANADIANS THAT THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS >> AND BEFORE WE TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT DR TAM WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU TO PROVIDE THAT EXPERT PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE AS SOON AS YOU HAVE FINISHED DEALING WITH US >> OKAY, SO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE FIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE PHONES

REMINDER THAT WE'RE USING THE MICROPHONE, JOANNA FROM CANADIAN PRESS >> Reporter: HI, GOOD AFTERNOON AT THE FOUR AIRPORTS WHEN PEOPLE ARE ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE, ARE THEY GOING TO BE ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE THERE OR ARE THEY FREE TO GO HOME? >> AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN PROCESSED AND AGAIN THESE ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC, BUT FOR ALL OTHERS COMING IN, THEY WILL BE ASKED TO GO HOME AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF SELF-ISOLATION ANY DOCUMENTS WE WILL GIVE THEM, WE WILL GIVE THEM ADVICE ON HOW THAT WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED SAFELY >> Reporter: WHAT MEASURES ARE YOU TAKING, PRESUING THERE WILL BE A LONGER LINE UP NOW AND CROWDS OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND GATHERINGS MUCH LARGER THAN WHAT GOVERNMENT IS RECOMMENDING, WHAT MEASURES ARE YOU TAKING TO MAKE SURE THESE AIRPORTS ARE CLEAN? >> MEASURES ARE BEING PUT IN PLACE

DIRECT RESULTS OF THE MEASURES BEING TAKEN, LIMITING NON-CANADIAN TRAVELLERS, THERE WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY FEWER PEOPLE THAT HAVE TO BE PROCESSED, BUT WE ARE TAKING PLEASURE MEASURES IN THE IN THE PROCESSING AREAS AND THE HALLWAY APPROACHING THEM TO ENSURE PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING IS PRACTISED THERE THERE WILL BE AVAILABLE CBSA OFFICERS, OUR BORDER SERVICE OFFICERS PROVIDING MASKS FOR THOSE SYMPTOMATIC AND TAKING PEOPLE OUT OF THOSE LINES, AND PEOPLE SYMPTOMATIC AS THEY ARRIVED WILL NOT BE PUT IN THE PROCESSING AREAS I AM AWARE AND MR GARNEAU COULD MENTION THAT OTHER EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO MAKE SURE THE AREAS IN WHICH THE PASSENGERS ARE PROCESSED ARE REGULARLY CLEANED AND DISINFECTED, TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS FOR THIS ACTION TO TAKE PLACE >> SO PERHAPS MINISTER BLAIR COVERED IT BUT WE WERE IN TOUCH WITH THE AIRPORTS LAST NIGHT AND THIS IS FOR ALL AIRPORTS, WITH RESPECT TO TRYING TO LAY OUT THINGS SO THAT THERE IS MORE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN PEOPLE ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT, WHETHER THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY IN OR OUT, AND SECONDLY THAT INCREASED LEVELS OF DISINFECTION TAKE PLACE AT THE AIRPORTS

>> Reporter: HI, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS FOR PATTY HAJDU OR BLAIR FEEL FREE TO RESPOND IN FRENCH IN REGARDS TO TRAVELLERS FROM THE US WHO ARE STILL ALLOWED TO COME IN, THEY WILL NOT BE DIRECTED TO THOSE STRICTLY FOUR AIRPORTS WHERE YOU'RE REDISTRICTING TRAFFIC

THEY WILL BE GOING TO EVERY AIRPORT ARE THERE ANY EXTRA MEASURES PUT IN PLACE FOR THOSE TRAVELLERS, GIVEN THAT ONTARIO PUBLIC HEALTH TODAY SAID THEY HAVE SNOW BIRDS COLONELING BACK FROM THE UNITED STATES, WHO ARE CONTAMINATED — FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, IN ENGLISH, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ENSURE THOSE PEOPLE WHO YOU ARE STILL LETTING IN DON'T JUST SPREAD OUT THE VIRUS EVEN MORE? >> IF I MAY, ALL OF THOSE, IN THOSE AIRPORTS BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS COMING FROM THE US AND OTHER DESTINATIONS COMING IN THERE ALL OF THOSE RETURNING TRAVELLERS WILL BE GIVEN EXACTLY THE SAME INFORMATION

THEY HAVE TO FILL OUT THE SAME FORM THEY HAVE TO ADVISE IF THEY'RE SYMPTOMATIC AND THEY HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO SELF-ISOLATE THERE ARE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS MADE IN THOSE AIRPORTS BY OUR OFFICIALS IF ANYONE IS SYMPTOMATIC, THERE ARE PROCESSES IN PLACE TO IDENTIFY THEM AND REFERRALS TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN EVERY CASE, ALL OF THEM WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION TO SELF-ISOLATE

THAT IS NOT JUST THOSE SNOW BIRDS AS WE REFER TO THEM, BUT THOSE PEOPLE THAT SPENT THE WINTER IN FLORIDA OR ARIZONA, MANY OF THEM WILL BE DRIVING BACK THAT SAME INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO THEM AS THEY CROSS INTO CANADA, ENSURING THEY UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS THAT'S THE ADVICE THAT'S BEEN GIVEN BY PUBLIC HEALTH CANADA AND THAT'S THE ADVICE THAT WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM [Speaking French] >> Reporter: [Voice of Interpreter] SO IN FRENCH, ALL AMERICANS ENTERING CANADA WILL BE SUBJECT TO A QUESTIONNAIRE ASKING THEM WHAT THEIR HEALTH IS LIKE AND SECONDLY ASKING THEM TO CONFIRM THAT THEY HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE REQUIREMENT TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS AFTER THEY ENTER THE COUNTRY THEY WILL HAVE TO INDICATE THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE AIRPORT

>> OKAY, AND ON THE DECISION TO ONLY HAVE OTHER FLIGHTS, NOT US SO ESSENTIALLY CLOSING THE BORDER TO EVERY COUNTRY EXCEPT THE US AND OTHERS, BUT ABOUT THE U

S THE PRIME MINISTER HAS EXPOSED HIS REASONING FOR NOT BANNING US FLIGHTS, SAYING THE TRADE IS TOO INTEGRATED HOW DOES THAT PREVENT YOU — YOU'VE BEEN QUOTING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, WHAT IS THAT EVIDENCE THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM BANNING VISITORS AND TOURISTS AND STILL MAINTAINING TRADE? WHY CAN'T YOU DO ONE AND NOT THE OTHER? >> LET ME TAKE A CRACK AT THAT ON ACCOUNT OF THE U

S AND I THINK OUR COLLEAGUES MAY WANT TO CHIP IN SO WHEN IT COMES TO THE CANADA-US BORDER, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS A SITUATION WHICH WE ARE REVIEWING CONSTANTLY, IN REAL-TIME, IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES WITH CANADIAN BUSINESS, WITH UNIONS, AND VERY MUCH MUCH WITH OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES AND OF COURSE WITH OUR U

S NEIGHBOURS THE PRIME MINISTER SPOKE WITH THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY AND WAS ON A G-7 LEADERS CALL THIS MORNING MINISTER BLAIR SPOKE WITH HIS COLLEAGUE, HIS COUNTERPART, THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE THE LONGEST UNMILITARIZED BORDER IN THE WORLD AND THAT BORDER, WE ALL KNOW, IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO THE DAILY LIFE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON BOTH SIDES OF THAT BORDER

AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK BOTH CANADIANS AND AMERICANS UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO CONSTANTLY BE REVIEWING THE PRACTICAL MEASURES THAT WE CAN AND NEED TO TAKE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS AND AMERICANS THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE CONSTANTLY REVIEWING AND WE ARE WORKING ON AS MINISTER GARNEAU SAID, THE STRONG RECOMMENDATION TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS AFTER COMING INTO CANADA FROM OUTSIDE CANADA ALSO APPLIES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES WE HAVE UNDERSTOOD JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT CANADA-US

BORDER IN PARTICULAR IS A LIFELINE FOR BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES, THAT THERE DOES NEED TO BE SOME VOTES TO THAT STRONG RECOMMENDATION FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, PEOPLE LIKE THE TRUCK DRIVERS WHO ARE DRIVING TRUCKS OF FOOD IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ACROSS THE BORDER, PEOPLE AS MINISTER GARNEAU SAID LIKE AIR CREWS THERE ARE OTHER CATEGORIES OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS AS WELL AND THAT IS THE SITUATION WHICH WE ARE CLOSELY AND CONTINUOUSLY REVIEWING [Speaking French] >> WHAT IS THE SCIENTIFIC REASONING STILL ALLOWING TRADE BUT BANNING VISITORS? WHY CAN'T YOU DO ONE? YOU HAVE TO KEEP BOTH OPEN? >> IF I MAY, BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES, CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES HAD ISSUED WARNINGS AGAINST NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL AND SO I THINK THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH OUR APPROACH THAT WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY LIMIT THE PEOPLE YOU REFER TO AS TOURISTS AND OTHERS AND VISITORS IT IS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ESSENTIAL TRAVEL AND WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, AT THIS POINT IN TIME THAT WE BELIEVE THAT THE RISK OF THOSE ESSENTIAL WORKERS CROSSING THAT BORDER CAN BE MANAGED EFFECTIVELY WITH THE SCREENING WE PUT IN PLACE AND THE INSTRUCTIONS AND OVERSIGHT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CANADA FOR ISOLATION MEASURES ARE REQUIRED SO I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT OUR COUNTRY'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND OUR ECONOMIES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY INTEGRATED AND ADDITIONALLY THERE ARE CANADIAN ON BOTH SIDES, CANADIANS AND AMERICANS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER WHO NEED FOR PURPOSES OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT AND TO KEEP CANADA MOVING PROPERLY TO MOVE ACROSS THAT BORDER

WE WILL PUT THE APPROPRIATE MEASURES IN TO MITIGATE THE RISK THAT IS TO CANADIANS >> I THINK MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SUMMARIZED IT WELL IT IS A CONTINENTAL RESPONSE WITH AN INTEGRATION OF SUPPLY CHAINS AND IN THIS CASE, CRITICAL SUPPLY CHAINS THAT INCLUDE FOOD AND SUPPLIES THAT CANADIANS RELY ON EVERY DAY WHAT WE DO IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR AMERICAN COUSINS, AS WELL AS OUR MEXICAN PARTNERS SO THIS WEEK, I HAVE A SCHEDULED CALL WITH SECRETARY AZAR AND MY MEXICAN HEALTH COUNTERPART TO TALK ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN APPROACH

OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE CHALLENGES IN THIS SITUATION THAT ARE UNPRECEDENTED, BUT I KNOW THAT SECRETARY AZAR AND I BOTH BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS AND PRUDENT IN HOW WE APPLY THIS SO IT DOESN'T APPLY OTHER HEALTH RISKS THAT INCLUDE RUNNING OUT OF ESSENTIAL GOODS >> Reporter: I'LL TRY YOU AGAIN ON THE SAME TOPIC JUST TALKING ABOUT HEALTH AND SCIENCE AND NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE GOODS, I'M STILL NOT CLEAR ON WHY ARE WE LETTING AMERICANS COME INTO CANADA? WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT TRUCK DRIVERS THEY CAN GET PERMITS, AND FOOD TRUCKS, WHY ARE WE NOT SHUTTING THE BORDER TO ALL AMERICANS WHEN WE SEE WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE STATES AND THE HEALTH PICTURE OF THINGS? >> WELL AGAIN, WE'VE ADVISED ALL CANADIANS TO AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUR COUNTERPARTS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THE SAME KINDS OF MEASURES AROUND THE WORLD

I WILL SAY THAT MAKING SURE WE GET THE RIGHT SPECIFIC DETAILS ON WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL WORKERS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT'S WORK HAPPENING RIGHT NOW WITH MINISTER FREELAND AND OTHERS, MAKING SURE THE POLICIES WE PUT IN PLACE TOGETHER WILL NOT HAVE AN ADVERSE IMPACT OF THE FUNCTIONING OF EITHER COUNTRY CANADIANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR FOOD SUPPLY THIS IS A REAL THING AND LIVE THING IN NORTH AMERICA WHERE WE HAVE AN INTEGRATED ECONOMY AND SUPPLY CHAIN AND BOTH COUNTRIES RELY ON EACH OTHER TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL GOODS, INCLUING FOOD AND OTHER PRODUCTS, INCLUDING MEDICATION

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THIS WITH A DEGREE OF PRECISION AND IN A SPIRIT OF A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WHERE MUCH OF THE WORK WE HAVE DONE HAS BEEN CONDUCTED AND THAT'S THE WORK WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW WE'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY IN THE DAYS TO COME [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] MS FREELAND, WHEN YOU SPOKE WITH THE AMERICANS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF CLOSING THE BORDER, DID THEIR REACTION LEAD YOU TO MAKE THE DECISION YOU HAVE MADE AND NOT A MORE RIDGED AND QUICKER DECISION? >> [Voice of Interpreter] WAS IT THE REACTION OF THE AMERICANS THAT INSPIRED OUR DECISION? ABSOLUTELY NOT OUR DECISION IS ONE WHICH WAS TAKEN BY CANADIAN LEADERS ALONGSIDE THE PRIME MINISTER

WE HAD A CABINET DISCUSSION INVOLVING ALL CABINET MEMBERS WHEN THIS DECISION WAS TAKEN THE DECISION WAS TAKEN TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS AND FOR US, FOR OUR GOVERNMENT, THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS WILL ALWAYS BE OUR TOP PRIORITY CANADA IS A SOVEREIGN NATION, OUR DECISIONS ARE TAKEN BY CANADIAN LEADERS FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS, ALWAYS >> WE'RE GOING TO TAKE SOME FROM THE PHONE >> THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THAT THE WINDOW IS NARROW AND TO FLATTEN THE CURVE

DOES THE DATA SUGGEST THAT CANADA IS FLATTENING THE CURVE? >> THE WINDOW IS NARROW BECAUSE NOW WE WILL SEE AN ACCELERATION OF CASES WE NOW HAVE COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION IN A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS ACROSS CANADA AND WHAT THAT SIMPLY MEANS IS WE CANNOT PIN A CASE TO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, AND THAT WE ARE SEEING IT SPREAD FROM COMMUNITY MEMBER TO COMMUNITY MEMBER WE ARE AT CRITICAL PHASE AS DR TAM SAID BECAUSE THE INTENT NOW IS TO CONTAIN THE CASES AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE AND TO SLOW THAT SPREAD IN TERMS OF HOW NARROW THE WINDOW

COULD YOU REPEAT THE SECOND QUESTION? >> HOW IS CANADA FLATTENING THE CURVE RIGHT NOW? >> IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT THE EVIDENCE SO FAR SUGGESTS THAT OUR EARLY MEASURES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN BEING ABLE TO PINPOINT WHERE CASES ARE AND TO NOT HAVE THE WIDESPREAD TRANSMISSION WE SEEN IN OTHER COUNTRIES THAT EITHER TAKEN UNORTHODOX MEASURES OR NOT TAKEN ANY MEASURES AT ALL FOR EXAMPLE, WE KNEW WE HAD CASES BEFORE WE HAD DEATHS IN SOME COUNTRIES, THEY KNEW THEY HAD DEATHS BEFORE THEY KNEW THEY HAD CASES THAT'S A BAD SIGN

THAT MEANS YOU HAVE UNCONTAINED TRANSMISSION AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SICK A LONG TIME BEFORE THEY DIE, ALLOWING FOR FURTHER SPREAD IN OUR CASE BECAUSE WE HAD A STEADY PROGRESSION OF MEASURES BASED ON SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CONTAIN OUR SPREAD NOW WE SEE OUR CASES GROW THROUGH COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION, THIS IS THE CRITICAL PHASE THIS IS WHY WE'RE CALLING ON ALL CANADIANS TO TAKE THESE EXTREME SOCIAL MEASURES, INCLUDING STAYING HOME, INCLUDING WORKING FROM HOME, INCLUDING THE CANCELLATION OF EVENTS LATER DR

TAM WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO CANCEL EVENTS FOR MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE WE'RE URGING ALL CANADIANS TO DO WHAT YOU CAN TO BE A PART OF FLATTENING THE CURVE >> Reporter: THERE ARE A LOT OF CANADIANS TRYING TO BOOK FLIGHTS HOME, SOME OF THEM HAVE TO WAIT DAYS AND THERE ARE A FEW THAT WILL BE STUCK IN ANOTHER COUNTRY THOSE BORDERS COULD BE SHUT DOWN THEY WON'T BE REPATRIATING CANADIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

ARE YOU TALKING TO AIRLINES TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE GETTING EXTRA FLIGHTS OUT? WHAT IS BEING DONE TO MAKE SURE CANADIANS AREN'T STUCK ABROAD >> THANK YOU, SO WE ARE CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT SOME PEOPLE ABROAD AND HAVING DIFFICULTY RETURNING AND WILL HAVE GREATER DIFFICULTY AS A RESULT OF THE MEASURES WE ANNOUNCED TODAY WE ARE TALKING WITH THE AIRLINES ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY TO BRING PEOPLE HOME IT'S IN THE VERY EARLY STAGES AT THIS POINT, BUT ALSO I WOULD SAY THAT WE ARE ALSO PUTTING IN MEASURES FUNDED ADDITIONAL CONSULAR SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH MEDICAL, ON THE MEDICAL SIDE SO IF THERE ARE CANADIANS THAT ARE ABROAD THAT COULD NOT COME HOME BECAUSE THEY WERE SYMPTOMATIC AND HAVE TO ATTEND TO THEIR MEDICAL NEEDS, THAT THERE WILL BE SOME ASSISTANCE THERE FROM THE CONSULAR POINT OF VIEW AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND IF THEY HAVE TO STAY OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, UN — UNPLANNED BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO COME HOME, THERE WILL BE A FUND TO PROVIDE SOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THOSE CANADIANS >> WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ONE MORE FROM THE FLOOR AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

>> I WANT TO GET INFORMATION ON WHAT THE PROVINCE IS AND ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT PEOPLE ARE GETTING DIFFERENT INFORMATION I UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS AND DIFFERENT CASE LOADS BUT THE PRIME MINISTER SAID TODAY THERE IS AN ALIGNED RESPONSE AND WE'RE NOT SEEING IT WHY ISN'T OTTAWA GIVING A BASELINE MINIMUM RESPONSE THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE AND THEN PROVINCES CAN INCREASE MEASURES WHERE IT'S NECESSARY, FOR EXAMPLE >> OKAY, I'M GOING TO ASK PATTY HAJDU TO TALK ABOUT THAT

>> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND THAT'S WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING FROM THE EARLY DAYS DR TAM CONVEYED WHAT IS CALLED THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE THAT PULLS TOGETHER PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BEGIN THAT CLOSE COORDINATION TO PREPARE FOR WHAT COULD AND DID EVENTUALLY BECOME A PANDEMIC THAT COORDINATION IS HAPPENING AND THERE ARE BASELINE GUIDANCE PROVISIONS AT ALL DIFFERENT LEVELS, TECHNICAL LEVELS FOR HOSPITALS AND PRACTITIONERS, A VARIETY OF OTHER CONSIDERATIONS INCLUDING PROCUREMENT OF PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE WORKING ACROSS JURISDICTION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SCOPE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT'S NEEDED, WHERE THE GAPS ARE THAT WORK HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE VERY EARLY JANUARY

OF COURSE WE HAVE ALSO PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL JURISDICTIONS IN TERMS OF THE TYPES OF MEASURES WE CAN TAKE AND OUR DISTINCTED RESPONSIBILITIES THE WORK THAT DR TAM IS DOING TO COORDINATE A RESPONSE AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES HAVE THE JURISDICTION TO ACT IN A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> AND IF I COULD JUST ADD THAT WE VERY MUCH RECOGNIZE WHAT THE MINISTER JUST SAID THAT THERE ARE SPECIFIC CONDITIONS IN SPECIFIC CITIES, SPECIFIC PROVINCES THAT'S WHY WE HAVE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS AT THE PROVINCIAL AND THE CITY LEVEL

THOSE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS ARE ALL BEHAVING IN A VERY ADMIRABLE, PROACTIVE, AND ENERGETIC FASHION AS THE MINISTER SAID, THERE IS A COORDINATION OF ALL THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS AND AT THE POLITICAL LEVEL ON FRIDAY, WE HAD A CALL OF ALL OF THE FIRST MINISTERS SINCE THEN, OVER THE WEEKEND I SPOKE WITH A BUNCH OF PREMIERS DIRECTLY, AND SO DID THE PRIME MINISTER WE PLAN TO NOW HAVE REGULAR CALLS AT THE FIRST MINISTERS LEVEL TO COORDINATE OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE THAT'S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AND THEN JUST FINALLY IT IS SO IMPORTANT GIVEN THAT THIS IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A QUESTION OF PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS TO BE VERY CLEAR WITH ALL CANADIANS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABSOLUTELY ACKNOWLEDGES THE NEED FOR FEDERAL LEADERSHIP

WE ARE NOT GOING TO QUIBBLE ABOUT FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES HERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE THERE TO BE SURE CANADIANS, CANADIAN HEALTH, THE CANADIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAS THE RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION, WHETHER IT COMES TO OUR NATIONAL BULK PROCUREMENT EFFORTS OR THE COMMITMENT THAT WE HAVE MADE TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM >> OKAY, OPERATOR, TAKE A QUESTION FROM THE LINE >> THANK YOU, ONCE AGAIN, PRESS POUND 1 IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM — [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] THANK YOU, MY FIRST QUESTION IS FOR MR

GATINEAU YOU ACKNOWLEDGE TODAY THAT BY LIMITING FOREIGN FLIGHTS, THERE WILL BE FEWER FLIGHTS THAN PREVIOUSLY THIS WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR CANADIANS WHO WANT TO COME HOME SO, CAN YOU REPEAT WHETHER CANADA IS WILLING TO REPATRIATE ITS CITIZENS ABROAD IF THEY HAVE TROUBLE FINDING A FLIGHT? WHAT KIND OF FINANCIAL AID WILL YOU GIVE THESE CANADIANS? WILL THERE BE A CAP OF $5,000 FOR INSTANCE? >> [Voice of Interpreter] AS IT NOW STANDS, WE HAVE BEGUN DISCUSSIONS WITH AIRLINES ON WHETHER WE COULD BRING ABOUT A PLAN TO REPATRIATE CERTAIN CANADIANS WHO JUST CANNOT COME HOME OR BECAUSE THERE MIGHT BE A DELAY FOR THEM OR BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE PRESENTING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 SO WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL OF THOSE SCENARIOS RIGHT NOW AND WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING OF THAT PROCESS

IN OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE AIRLINES, HOWEVER AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT THERE WILL BE A NEED FOR ENHANCED CONSULAR SERVICES, SO WE ARE GOING TO SEND MORE FINANCING TO OUR CONSULATES AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO STAY ABROAD FOR LONGER BECAUSE THEY ARE EITHER GETTING OVER COVID-19 OR THEY ARE IN THE 14 DAY ISOLATION PERIOD SO WE WOULD HELP THESE CANADIANS WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT WE HAVE NOT SET A THRESHOLD, BUT WE HAVE SET UP A FUND AND WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION IN THE COMING DAYS >> [Voice of Interpreter] MY OTHER QUESTION IS FOR MS FREELAND, YOU SAID ONLY PERMANENT RESIDENTS CAN COME HOME, BUT THERE ARE THOSE WITH A STUDY OR WORK PERMIT, THOSE WITHOUT A STATUS IN CANADA BUT LIVE HERE AND MAY HAVE JUST GONE ABROAD ON A SHORT TRIP

WILL THEY BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO CANADA? >> [Voice of Interpreter] PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE RIGHT TO RETURN TO CANADA ARE CANADIAN CITIZENS, PERMANENT RESIDENTS, DIRECT FAMILY MEMBERS OF THESE TWO GROUPS, AND WE WILL MAKE SOME EXCEPTIONS FOR ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL MINISTER GATINEAU REFERRED TO PILOTS AND FLIGHT CREW >> [Voice of Interpreter] I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WITH WORK OR STUDENT VISAS >> [Voice of Interpreter] PEOPLE ALSO INCLUDED IN THAT GROUP ARE THOSE PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES >> [Voice of Interpreter] WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WITH STUDY VISAS? >> WELL, EXCEPTIONS ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE CARRYING ESSENTIAL DUTIES

THIS COULD INCLUDE ESSENTIAL STUDIES [Speaking French] >> [Voice of Interpreter] THE NEXT QUESTION IS — >> [Voice of Interpreter] MY FIRST QUESTION, OR I DON'T THINK YOU CLEARLY ANSWERED MY COLLEAGUE'S QUESTION ON WORK AND STUDY VISAS IF YOU COULD CLARIFY THAT FOR ME, THAT WOULD BE GOOD I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE IS TALK ABOUT AVOIDING FOOD AND MEDICATION SHORTAGES, WHICH IS WHY AMERICANS CAN ENTER CANADA WHY CAN WE NOT STATE THAT AMERICAN TOURISTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTRY WHILE KEEPING OUR SUPPLY LINES OPEN AND THIS WILL NOT PREVENT ESSENTIAL WORKERS FROM CROSSING THE BORDER

WHY WILL AMERICAN TOURISTS STILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER CANADA? >> [Voice of Interpreter] NOW WITH REGARDS TO OUR BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES, A FEW THINGS FIRST, WE HAVE ALREADY STATED AS MINISTER BLAIR POINTED OUT THAT PERSONS COMING INTO CANADA FROM ABROAD, INCLUDING FROM THE UNITED STATES, WILL HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS THIS IS A STRONG MEASURE THIS IS A MEASURE WHICH APPLIES TO EVERYONE, WHETHER THEY ARE CANADIAN OR AMERICAN, WHETHER THEY ARE CROSSING A LAND BORDER OR FLYING IN THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT MEASURE

SECOND AS MINISTER SAID AND DR TAM SAID OVER THE WEEKEND, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL CANADIANS NOT TO ENGAGE IN NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ABROAD THIS IS ALSO A STRONG MEASURE WITH REGARD TO OTHER POTENTIAL MEASURES AT THE BORDER WELL, I BELIEVE THAT ALL CANADIANS UNDERSTAND THAT WE SHARE A VERY SPECIAL BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES IT IS OUR ONLY LAND BORDER AND IT IS AN ESSENTIAL BORDER FOR THE ECONOMIC LIFE AND FOR THE SOCIAL LIFE, AS MINISTER HAIDU SAID, FOR THE FOOD AND SERVICES FOR CANADA

ALL WE'RE DOING ALONG THE SHARED BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES MUST BE VERY SPECIFIC WE ARE TAKING VERY SPECIFIC DETAILED MEASURES AND WE ARE WORKING WITH BUSINESS LEADERS, WITH UNIONS, THE PROVINCES, AND WITH OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS SO WE ARE DOING THAT WORK AND THIS IS A SITUATION WHICH WE'RE MONITORING CLOSELY, HOUR-BY-HOUR TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES, BUT I BELIEVE THAT CANADIANS UNDERSTAND THAT WITH REGARDS TO THIS BORDER, WE MUST TAKE MEASURES, OR RATHER WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT ANYTHING WE DO WILL NOT CREATE PROBLEMS IN OUR COUNTRY, INCLUDING HEALTH PROBLEMS PERHAPS MINISTER WOULD LIKE TO ADD A FEW WORDS >> [Voice of Interpreter] YOU HAVE WELL SUMMARIZED THE SITUATION MINISTER FREELAND

WITH THAT SAID, I WOULD SIMPLY LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, THE SITUATION HAS BEEN EINVOLVING VERY QUICKLY WITH REGARDS TO AIRLINES AND THE BORDER JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, CANADIANS WERE ADVISED TO AVOID ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ABROAD MINISTER CHAMPAGNE SAID THE AVAILABILITY OF COMMERCIAL AIR FLIGHTS WAS SHRINKING AND YESTERDAY IT WAS STATED THAT ALL TRAVELLERS ENTERING CANADA WOULD HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS AND THIS LED MINISTER BLAIR TO IMPLEMENT MEASURES IN ALL AIRPORTS AS HE INDICATED EARLIER HE ADDED AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION FOR RETURNING TRAVELLERS THEY MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY REALIZE THEY MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS, SO ANY TRAVELLER COMING IN THROUGH AN AIRPORT ANYWHERE IN PARTICULAR SINCE LAST EVENING MUST INDICATE THAT THEY HAVE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THEIR OBLIGATION TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS

I SAY THIS BECAUSE MR GARNEAU AND MYSELF HAVE SPOKEN TO THE MAYOR OF MONTREAL OVER THE LAST FEW HOURS WE HAVE TOLD HER OF THIS SITUATION, AND THIS MEASURE WHICH WE BROUGHT ABOUT YESTERDAY SHE WAS VERY HAPPY AT THAT DECISION AND I THINK THINGS ARE MUCH CLEARER FOR EVERYONE NOW >> [Voice of Interpreter] MR

GATINEAU WOULD LIKE TO ADD A FEW WORDS >> [Voice of Interpreter] WITH REGARDS TO PERSONS HERE ON STUDENT VISAS, IN OUR APPROACH WE HAVE FOCUSED ON ESSENTIAL WORKERS, BUT YOU HAVE RAISED AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND WE WILL COME BACK TO YOU ON THAT ISSUE >> OKAY, I'M TOLD THAT BRINGS OUR NEWS CONFERENCE TO AN END APOLOGIES FOR THOSE ON THE LIST WHO DID NOT — [INAUDIBLE] >> [Voice of Interpreter] THE QUESTION WAS INAUDIBLE >> I'LL SPEAK FROM THE HEALTH MINISTER'S PERSPECTIVE

I'VE BEEN WORKING REALLY CLOSELY WITH MINISTER DIX IN BC TO TALK ABOUT AN APPROACH THAT REACHES OUR GOAL OF REDUCING CASES AND INFECTION IN CANADA WHILE ALSO AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, MAINTAINING OUR SUPPLY CHAIN I KNOW MINISTER FREELAND HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE SAME ISSUE AS I SAID EARLIER, THIS IS A COMPLICATED SITUATION

WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE UNITED STATES ON WAYS THAT WE CAN PROTECT OUR CITIZENS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER, BUT THAT ALSO KEEPS THE INTEGRITY OF OUR SUPPLY CHAIN INTACT OBVIOUSLY FOR BC, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE US

MARKET FOR A NUMBER OF ESSENTIAL GOODS, INCLUDING FOOD, AND THE SAME CAN BE SAID FOR THE UNITED STATES FOR MANY OF THE THINGS THAT CANADA PRODUCES SO WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE AMERICANS THIS WEEK AND WE WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY IN THE DAYS TO COME THANK YOU >> I LIKE TO ADD ON BC

IF I MAY HANG ON IF I COULD ADD ON BC, AS THE MINISTER SAID, WE ARE IN VERY CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE B

C AUTHORITIES MINISTER PATTY HAJDU IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH MINISTER DIX I SPOKE WITH MINISTER GARNEAU AND WE MADE CHANGES TO THE TREATMENT OF PASSENGERS ON BC

FERRIES TO HELP WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING WE ARE VERY ACQUIRE OF THE SITUATION IN BC WHERE THEY ARE FACING A SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK SITUATION THEY ARE NEXT DOOR TO WASHINGTON STATE

PREMIER HORGAN HAS A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNOR OF WASHINGTON STATE AND THEY ARE ALSO IN CONSTANT CONTACT AT THE SAME TIME AS MRINSTER HAJDU SAID, BC LIKE EVERY PROVINCE IN CANADA HAS EXTREMELY CLOSE, EXTREMELY DENSE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONNECTIONS, HUMAN CONNECTIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES WE NEED TO, IN TAKING ACTION ON THAT BORDER, ACT WITH REAL CARE, WITH REAL DELICACIES, AND WITH REAL PRECISION

THE FACT THAT WE ARE SAYING TO ALL VISITORS TO CANADA AND ALL RETURNING CANADIANS THAT THEY ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO GO INTO 14 DAY SELF-ISOLATION MEANS, YOU KNOW, SELF-ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS IN CANADA, THAT I DON'T CONSIDER IT TO BE SOMETHING THAT A TOURIST WOULD LIKE TO DO FOR A HOLIDAY THIS IS SERIOUS FOR EVERYONE TRAVELLING TO OUR COUNTRY AND WE ARE ADVISING CANADIANS TO ONLY UNDER TAKE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY WE ARE VERY CAREFULLY REVIEWING THE SITUATION AT OUR SHARED BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES, IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS WE'RE SAYING TO CANADIANS, LET'S TAKE MEASURES HERE TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND PROTECT OUR NEIGHBOURS THAT APPLIES TO THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE NEXT DOOR TO US AND THE AMERICANS LIVE NEXT DOOR TO US

SO WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY ON THIS, BUT I WANT TO EMPHASIZE TO CANADIANS AND I THINK CANADIANS UNDERSTAND THIS VERY WELL IT IS A DENSE AND CLOSE RELATIONSHIP AND MEASURES THAT WE TAKE THERE WILL BE CAREFULLY THOUGHT THROUGH IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE MINDFUL OF THE REALLY CLOSE CONNECTIONS — THERE'S THREE MORE DEATHS RELATED TO THE LONG-TERM CARE >> WE HAVE THREE ADDITIONAL DEATHS AND ALL HAVE BEEN RESIDENTS IN THE LYNN VALLEY CARE CENTRE WHERE WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH AN OUTBREAK FOR THE LAST WEEK AND A BIT WE ALSO JUST WANT TO NOTE THAT WE HAVE INCREASED CASES IN FRASER HEALTH IN THE CASES REPORTED HERE

>> Rosemary: SO THAT'S DR BONNIE HENRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND I WILL GO TO MY COLLEAGUES IN A MOMENT AND THIS MAY BE IMPORTANT JUST FOR PEOPLE LISTENING AT HOME THAT THERE WAS A DENTAL CONFERENCE HELD IN VANCOUVER AND IT HAD 15,000 ATTENDEES AND DR HENRY SAYS THAT IF YOU WERE AT THAT CONFERENCE THAT IT'S URGENT THAT YOU SELF-ISOLATE

ATTENDEES WERE NOT JUST FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA BUT FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IF YOU WERE AT THIS DENTAL CONFERENCE HELD IN VANCOUVER RECENTLY, 15,000 PEOPLE, THEY ARE URGING YOU TO SELF ISOLATE AS WELL AND BRITISH COLUMBIA ALSO CANCELLING ELECTIVE SURGERIES AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR HOSPITALS HAVE CAPACITY FOR THE INCREASING NUMBER OF CASES OF COVID-19 AND THEY SAY THAT THERE WILL BE A DECISION ON BC'S SCHOOL CLOSURES TOMORROW

ALL RIGHT, LET'S BRING IN THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS", VASSY PAPELL OAS AND C OBSERVE KRRVE'S DAVID COCHRANE TO GO OVER WHAT WE HEARD IN THE LENGTHY PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE CABINET MINISTERS AND I WAS CONFUSED AROUND IT AND SO OBVIOUSLY THE BORDER IS CLOSED TO EVERYONE EXCEPT CANADIANS, AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND US CITIZENS BUT — >> THE CAVEAT IS THAT IF YOU COME ACROSS, WE KNOW THAT THERE'S AN INTEGRATION WITH OUR ECONOMIES AND AND THEY TALKED ABOUT EXPORTS AS WELL

AGAIN, POINTING TO THAT SORT OF IDEA ABOUT INTEGRATION AND THAT DIDN'T SEEM A FOREVER THING AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER AND IT'S PART OF THIS RIGHT NOW BUT THEY ARE STILL GETTING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY THE BORDER BETWEEN THE US AND CANADA REMAINS OPEN, EVEN IF THEY'RE SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, SELF-ISOLATION WILL DISSUADE PEOPLE, I SAUD ADRIAN DIX, FROM B

C, SAID THAT WE DON'T WANT ANYONE FROM THE US COMING TO BC

IF YOU'RE THINKING OF VISITING, DON'T AND HE WAS PRETTY EXPLICIT ABOUT IT, SO I IMAGINE THAT THERE'S PRESSURE, FOR EXAMPLE, FROM BC THAT CHRYSTIA FREELAND REFERRED TO AND I KNOW FROM ONTARIO TO DO MORE WHEN IT COMES TO THAT BORDER >> Rosemary: I IMAGINE THAT WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS UNPREDICTABLE TO SAY THE LEAST, TO DO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE PROVOCATIVE OR YOU PROBABLY — IT'S NOT JUST THE ECONOMICS IS MY POINT

IF YOU SHUT IT ALL DOWN YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THE RESPONSE MIGHT BE AND OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE FIRST AND FOREMOST ABOUT HEALTH AND, SECONDLY, ABOUT THE ECONOMY BUT I'M SURE THAT IS IN THE BACK OF THEIR MIND OKAY, VASSY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP AND I KNOW THAT YOU WILL HAVE CONTINUING COVERAGE ON "POWER & POLITICS" AND DAVID, YOU'LL TALK THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS WELL BUT WE'LL HAVE YOU GO NOW AS WELL

WE'RE GOING BACK TO THE NATIONAL PRESS THEATRE WHERE THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER DR THERESA TAM IS GIVING A PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE I'M ROSEMARY BARTON AND ANDREW NICHOLS WILL TAKE OVER RIGHT AFTER THIS THANK YOU FOR WATCHING CBC NEWS NETWORK >> THIS DISEASE AND THIS OUTBREAK WILL DISRUPT OUR LIVES

FOR MANY OF US THAT MAY MEAN THAT WE'RE ILL OR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE ILL OR THAT WORK AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS AND CHILD CARE AND OTHER ASPECTS OF OUR LIFE ARE DISRUPTED BUT FOR SOME THE DISEASE WILL BE MUCH WORSE AND EVEN LIFE-THREATENING WE ALL NEED TO TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION THOUGH AND TO PROTECT VULNERABLE PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK OF SEVERE COVID-19 DISEASE THOSE OF US WITHIN CANADA ARE URGED TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA UNLESS IT'S ESSENTIAL TO INCREASE YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICAL SPACE FROM OTHERS, PUBLIC GATHERINGS ARE 50 PEOPLE OR MORE IS TO BE AVOIDED

WE'RE FLEXIBLE, WORK ARRANGEMENTS ARE POSSIBLE, AND CONSIDER CONTINGENCIES LIKE WORKING AT HOME IF THIS BECOMES NECESSARY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU DO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS NO MATTER HOW MILD, STAY HOME, AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES DOING THIS WILL KEEP PROTECTING OTHERS AROUND YOU AND VERY LIKELY SAVE A LIFE BY LIMITING THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE AGAIN, THIS IS OUR CHANCE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, AND WE NEED TO ACT NOW AND ACT TOGETHER THANK YOU

>> [Speaking French] [Speaking French] (Voice of Translator): OVER EVERY PROVINCE, THERE ARE EIGHT CONFIRMED CASES AND PASSENGERS REPATRIATED FROM THE GRAND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP, THEY'RE ALL IN QUARANTINE AT CFB TRENTON SO FAR, CANADA HAS TESTED 34,000 PEOPLE AARE AROUND THE WORLD

EUROPE AND EUROPE HAS BECOME THE EPI-CENTRE OF THE OUTBREAK WE ASK THAT ALL TRAVELLERS ARRIVING FROM OUTSIDE OF CANADA TO PLACE THEMSELVES INTO A 14-DAY SELF-ISOLATION PERIOD AND THIS FACT WILL HELP TO SLOW THE SPREAD AND THE TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 IN CANADA HOWEVER, THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN CANADA'S FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 THEREFORE, ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND ANY CONVEYANCE WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM THE 14-DAY SELF-ISOLATION PERIOD ALL CANADIANS MUST ACT NOW AND HERE AND TAKE EVERY POSSIBLE PRECAUTION, INCLUDING SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES, TO STOP THE TRANSMISSION CHAIN AND TO SLOW DOWN THE EPIDEMIC AND TO FLATTEN THE CURVE OF COVID-19, DECLARED CASES IN CANADA FOR THE MOST PART ARE CONNECTED TO TRAVEL

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE THEREFORE CONTINUOUSLY DEPLOYING IMPORTANT EFFORTS TO SCREEN PASSENGERS, TO FIND CASES, AND TO ISOLATE CONFIRMED CASES COVID-19 IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH THE OUTBREAK OF THIS ILLNESS WILL DISRUPT OUR LIVES FOR MANY OF US BECAUSE THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE ILLNESS OR THE ILLNESS OF A LOVED ONE FURTHER, THE SOCIAL ASPECT OF OUR LIVES, CHILD CARE AND OTHER ASPECTS, WILL BE DISRUPTED AS WELL FOR SOME PEOPLE, THE ILLNESS WILL BE QUITE SERIOUS

AND IT MIGHT EVEN BE LIFE-THREATENING FOR SOME PEOPLE SO WE MUST ALL TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO HELP PROTECT SENIORS AND VULNERABLE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE PARTICULARLY EXPOSED TO THE RISK OF DEVELOPING SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES IF THEY GET COVID-19 SO WE ARE CALLING ON ALL CANADIANS TO CANCEL OR DELAY ANY NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE PHYSICAL DISTANCE BETWEEN PERSONS, AVOID PUBLIC GATHERINGS OF 50 PEOPLE OR MORE IN CASES WHERE IT IS POSSIBLE TO BRING ABOUT WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY, WE ENCOURAGE THE USE OF TELE-WORK LASTLY AND WE INSIST ON THIS POINT, IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, EVEN IF THEY ARE LIGHT, PLEASE STAY HOME AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES

IN DOING SO YOU WILL PROTECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND YOU PROBABLY WILL SAVE AT LEAST ONE LIFE AND YOU WILL HELP TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THIS ILLNESS IN CANADA, IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO ACT QUICKLY AND WE MUST DO SO TOGETHER NOW THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> RACHEL HOLMES, CTV

>> Question: FOR DR TAM, THE PREMISE OF THOSE FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE WHEN MAKING KEY DECISIONS, DO YOU AGREE WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S TODAY TO STILL ALLOW US CITIZENS TO COME INTO CANADA EVEN THOUGH WE SEE THE SPREAD IN THE US

THERE? >> WELL, I THINK THAT FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS MUST BE TO SHOW THE BEST RESPONSE TO DETECT CASES AND TO DO CONTACT TRACING AND TO DO SOCIAL DISTANCING THOSE ARE THE KEY THINGS AS IT CAN BE REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW FOR THE LAYERED PROTECTION ON TOP OF THAT FROM THE MENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION, SO ALL THE MEASURES ARE NEVER PERFECT AND YOU HAVE TO WEIGH THE PROS AND CONS OF DOING THEM I DO THINK THAT PUTTING THE MEASURE OF ASKING PEOPLE TO SELF-ISOLATE WHEN THEY ARRIVE IN CANADA IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE PUBLIC RESPONSE WHICH MEANS THAT ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INFECTED ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE TO PREVENT THE ONWARD TRANSMISSION AND THE IMPACT ON THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE IN CANADA

SO THAT'S THE CONTEXT >> Question: AND NOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE AN INFLUX OF PEOPLE COMING BACK INTO CANADA, DO WE HAVE ENOUGH TESTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN TELL WHO'S POSITIVE AND WHO'S NOT AND DO WE HAVE ENOUGH PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR DOCTORS SO THAT THE CLINICS DON'T HAVE TO CLOSE? >> SO WE'RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AND ONE OF THE KEY ASPECTS OF OUR COLLABORATION IS TO DETERMINE THE NEEDS OF ALL OF THOSE SUPPLIES AND TO BE ABLE TO PULL TOGETHER MECHANISMS FOR BULK PURCHASING AND OTHER MEANS SO WE'RE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT ANY OTHER POSSIBLE AVENUE IN ORDER TO GET THOSE SUPPLIES

THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT ONE SHOULD NOT BE PRUDENT WITH THE ACTUAL TESTING STRATEGIES SO THOSE MUST BE CAREFULLY MANAGED IN ORDER TO, YOU KNOW, TO HONE IN OR TO FOCUS ON THE POPULATION WHO ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE INFECTED THAT'S FOR SURE BUT WE ARE ABSOLUTELY WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THOSE SUPPLIES THAT THE HEALTH SYSTEM NEEDS >> OKAY, KELSEY JOHNSON OF REUTERS

>> Question: DR TAM, BC HEALTH MINISTER ADRIAN DIX SAID THEY REMAIN CONCERNED THAT VISITORS FROM THE UNITED STATES ARE CONTINUING TO BE ALLOWED INTO CANADA THEIR STRONG MESSAGE IS THAT VISITORS FROM THE UNITED STATES DO NOT COME TO BRITISH COLUMBIA, DON'T COME

DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT MESSAGE FROM BC? >> WELL, I THINK THAT BRITISH COLUMBIA SHARES A BORDER, OF COURSE, WITH SOME KEY AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES, EXPERIENCING CASES OF COVID-19 SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE THAT RISK I THINK THAT, AGAIN, ASKING PEOPLE TO SELF-ISOLATE WHEN THEY COME INTO CANADA IS A KEY MOVE

TOGETHER WITH DR BONNIE HENRY WE DISCUSSED A MEANS TO ACTUALLY MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES AND THOSE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND ALSO POTENTIALLY WORKERS WHO MAINTAIN SOME CRITICAL FUNCTIONS THAT DO WORK ACROSS THOSE BORDERS SO WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KNOW HOW TO EXEMPT THOSE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE STILL ASKED STRINGENTLY TO SELF-MONITOR AND TO MAKE SURE THEY SELF-ISOLATE ON THOSE SYMPTOMS >> Question: ALSO EARLIER TODAY IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S REMARKS HE ASKED CANADIANS TO STAY HOME DO WE KNOW HOW LONG CANADIANS ARE GOING TO BE TOLD TO STAY HOME? THIS IS OUTSIDE OF THOSE WHO ARE OBVIOUSLY BEING ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE

BUT THE ADVICE SEEMS TO BE TO NOT GO OUTSIDE UNLESS, OF COURSE, FOR ESSENTIALS DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW LONG THAT PERIOD OF STAYING HOME IS GOING TO BE? >> SO RIGHT NOW, I DO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE IN A FAIRLY CRITICAL PERIOD WE SAW THE NUMBERS IN CANADA GO UP QUITE A BIT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS SO CERTAINLY OVER THE WEEKEND SO I THINK THAT ALL LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS AND PROVINCIAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS REALLY FEAR THAT THE TIMING IS NOW TO INCREASE SOCIAL DISTANCING

SO YOU'RE HEARING THOSE MESSAGES ALL ACROSS CANADA AS TO HOW ONE MIGHT DO THAT FOR SURE YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH BECAUSE THE ACTIVITIES FOR COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCT OF YOUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR DENSITY, ETC, ARE ACTUALLY QUITE DIFFERENT ACROSS CANADA YOUR SMALLER JURISDICTIONS, YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO LOOK AT YOUR PARTICULAR CONTEXT HERE, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO WHAT OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH HAS TO SAY AS WELL IN ORDER TO LOOK AT OUR INDIVIDUAL SITUATIONS

BUT I THINK THAT THE MESSAGE REALLY IS ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HOW TO DO THAT BUT WITHOUT ACTUALLY SOCIALLY ISOLATING PEOPLE AS WELL YOU NEED TO LOOK IN ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND FIGURE OUT HOW YOU MAINTAIN THOSE SORT OF CONNECTIVITY AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER >> PHILIP >> (Voice of Translator): IN FRENCH, PLEASE I'D LIKE TO HEAR YOU ON THE NUMBERS THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC SAID THAT UNDER THE WORST CASE SCENARIO THERE WOULD BE 24,000 DEATHS IN QUÉBEC AND THERE'S ALREADY FOUR IN BC

IN A CANADIAN SCENARIO, HOW MANY POTENTIAL DEATHS COULD THERE BE? AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HIT THAT NUMBER, DAYS, MONTHS OR YEARS? >> (Voice of Translator): WELL, THE CURRENT SITUATION IS STILL EXTREMELY FLUID I RESPECT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC HAS PROJECTED WITH REGARD TO POTENTIAL DEATHS WE ARE STILL WORKING CLOSELY WITH EACH PROVINCE AND TERRITORY AT THIS POINT HERE I CANNOT GIVE YOU AN EXACT NUMBER

HOWEVER, THIS IS PART OF OUR PLANNING WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED IN HOSPITALS AND IN CASE THERE IS THE CONTAGIAN SPREAD DESPITE THE FOUR DEATHS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, MOST CASES IN CANADA ARE ISOLATED, PEOPLE ARE AT HOME, AND NOT REALLY THAT ILL NOT IN HOSPITAL SO UP UNTIL NOW WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY

BUT WE CANNOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED AND WE ARE STILL PLANNING FOR EVERY TYPE OF SCENARIO >> Question: (Voice of Translator): WITH REGARD TO THE BORDER IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS THAT YOU'RE SAYING THAT IT'S NOT WORKING AT THE BORDER THAT THE BORDER MEASURES ARE NOT EFFECTIVE SCIENCE SHOWS THAT SHUTTING DOWN A BORDER IS NOT EFFECTIVE

BUT TODAY THE BORDER IS CLOSED TO ALMOST EVERYONE BUT AMERICANS HAS THE SCIENCE CHANGED OR HAS POLITICS WON OUT? >> (Voice of Translator): NO, SCIENCE HAS NOT CHANGED WE HAVE REPEATED THAT THE VIRUS TRAVELS ACROSS BORDERS AND THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES SO NOW IS THE TIME, NOT ONLY FOR ALL ORDERS OF GOVERNMENT AND NOT ONLY FOR THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL CANADIANS TO ENGAGE IN SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THAT IS WHAT WE ALL NEED TO DO NOW — SOCIAL DISTANCING

WE ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO AVOID GATHERINGS OF 50 PEOPLE OR MORE SO THE BORDER IS ANOTHER ISSUE AND AT THE BORDER WE ALSO WANT TO BRING ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING ALL PASSENGERS ARRIVING INTO CANADA AT ONLY FOUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS — ALL CANADIAN PASSENGERS, AMERICANS, EVERYONE, WILL BE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS SO THIS PLAYS INTO SOCIAL DISTANCING AS WELL

>> DILLON ROBERTSON >> Question: DR TAM, I'M WONDERING BECAUSE WE WERE TALKING LAST WEEK ABOUT NOT NEEDING THESE RESTRICTIVE MEASURES AT AIRPORTS AND NOT NEEDING TO CLOSE OUR BORDERS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD — I KNOW THAT YOU SAID THAT THE SCIENCE HAS CHANGED CAN YOU TELL US HOW THE SCIENCE CHANGED OVER THE WEEKEND TO MAKE THAT AN APPROPRIATE MEASURE? >> WELL, I THINK THAT RIGHT NOW WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS THAT SORT OF THE UPWARD PICKING OF EPIDEMIC CURVE SO THIS TELLS US SOMETHING

WHILE IT'S A BIT EARLY, NOW IS THE TIME TO LOOK AT THOSE LEVELS AND TO LEVEL THEM OFF AS FAST AS POSSIBLE SO FOR ME IT'S INTERESTING HOW THAT CURVE MAY CHANGE IN THE UPCOMING DAYS AND, CERTAINLY, WE'LL BE WATCHING IT CAREFULLY IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS SO WE JUST ENACTED AND BEGINNING I THINK ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HAVE A CONCERTED EFFORT IN THESE SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES THE BORDER MEASURES ARE JUST ONE ADDITIONAL LAYER GIVEN THAT MANY OF THE CASES ARE TRAVELLERS AND THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD HAVING COVID-19 IS CONTINUING TO INCREASE, OVER 160 NOW, THAT'S JUST ANOTHER LAYER I THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO ENACT IN ORDER TO ADD TO THE PROTECTION OF CANADIANS

>> Question: I GUESS THAT AROUND THAT, DOES THAT JUMP FROM 170 CASES ON THURSDAY TO NOW OVER 400? IS THAT REALLY CONCERNING YOU THAT THEY HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED IN JUST A FEW DAYS? >> I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY YOU'RE SEEING SUCH A STRONG MESSAGE FROM ALL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, FROM ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT BUT YOU DO HAVE TO UNPACK THAT INCREASE AND FIGURE OUT, WELL, WHAT IS THAT INCREASE DUE TO IF IT'S STILL DUE TO MOSTLY TRAVELLER COMING IN, YOU KNOW THAT SOME OF YOUR RESPONSE MUST BE TARGETED TOWARDS THE REDUCTION OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THE CASES SO MANY OF THE LAST SET OF CASES ARE STILL TRAVELLERS OR THEIR CLOSE CONTACTS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO WORK OUT AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO DO SO IS THAT ARE THERE ANY COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

SO EVEN WITH INCREASED CASES YOU'RE NOT AS CONCERNED UNLESS THERE'S SOME ONGOING COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION YOU ARE ALSO LESS CONCERNED IF IT'S THE LESS VULNERABLE GROUPS IF YOU INTRODUCE THIS VIRUS INTO CERTAIN SETTINGS SUCH AS PLACES WHERE OLDER INDIVIDUALS LIVE YOU'RE GOING TO GET A HIGHER IMPACT SO YOU HAVE TO PULL OUT ALL STOPS, NO MATTER WHAT THE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE, IT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE NUMBERS UNDERNEATH TELL YOU AND IF THE PEOPLE IMPACTED ARE IN HIGH VULNERABLE GROUPS, NOW IS THE TIME TO ABSOLUTELY TO TRY TO PROTECT THEM THROUGH SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER MEASURES

>> OKAY, DILLON ROBERTSON WITH THE WINNIPEG FREE PRESS >> Question: I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT FIRST NATIONS WE'VE HAD SOME OF THE NORTHERN MANITOBA CHIEFS SAY THAT THEIR NURSES DON'T HAVE ADEQUATE INFORMATION OR SUPPLIES WE HAVE ONE PRESUMPTIVE CASE IN NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN I'M JUST WONDERING HOW CONFIDENT YOU ARE WITH THE INDIGENOUS SERVICES HANDLING OF THIS AND IF THERE'S ANY OVERSIGHT WHAT THAT DEPARTMENT DOES BY YOU OR ANY OF YOUR COLLEAGUES

>> WELL, WHAT WE DO IS THAT WE INCLUDE THEIR MEDICAL AND TECHNICAL ADVISORS IN THE SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE SO THAT WE HAVE BEEN SHARING INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL GUIDANCE I THINK THAT WHAT IS NEEDED — AND, OF COURSE, FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES, MÉTIS POPULATION, AS WELL AS INUIT COMMUNITIES, ALL HAVE TO COLLABORATE WITH THE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS AS WELL SO THAT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT AND I THINK THAT PART OF IT IS ACTUALLY TRANSLATING WHAT WE HAVE DEVELOPED INTO THE CONTEXT OF THOSE COMMUNITIES, THE REALITIES

WELL, WHAT DOES SOCIAL DISTANCING ACTUALLY MEAN IN A VERY DIFFERENT CONTEXT AND SO I THINK THAT IS THE KIND OF WORK THAT'S UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW AND WE NEED TO REALLY ACCELERATE IT I THINK THAT NOTHING THAT WE DO IS EVER TOO MUCH AND WE NEED MORE ENGAGEMENT AND ENSURE THAT THE MEANS OF THOSE COMMUNITIES ARE MET >> Question: AND DR

TAM, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT WHY ARE YOU NOT ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT TO ORDER A CLOSURE OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS ACROSS CANADA? THIS IS WHAT THE QUÉBEC GOVERNMENT IS DOING IS THERE NOT EVIDENCE FOR THAT SORT OF MEASURE? >> SO, AGAIN, WE COLLABORATE WITH ALL OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERS AND OUR ROLE IS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE HOW YOU IMPLEMENT AND EXECUTE THAT GUIDANCE IS, OF COURSE, UP TO INDIVIDUAL PROVINCES DEPENDING ON THE CONTEXT AS WELL SO I THINK IS PARTLY WHAT YOU'RE SEEING

YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS ON A LOCAL LEVEL BUT, FOR EXAMPLE, WE DID COME TO A CONSENSUS THAT MASS GATHERINGS OR GEORGIA GATHERINGS OF 50 PEOPLE SHOULD REALLY AVOID, POSTPONE AT THIS JUNCTURE BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IS A VERY IMPORTANT PERIOD OF TIME >> Question: HI SO MY QUESTION FOLLOWS UP ON SOME PREVIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT SUPPLIES ARE THERE CONCERNS ABOUT ANY SHORTAGES OF PARTICULAR SUPPLIES AT THIS POINT? ITEMS THAT YOU'RE ESPECIALLY LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW? >> WELL, I THINK THAT THIS IS SORT OF ONGOING EVERY DAY KIND OF DISCUSSION

BUT THE KIND OF SUPPLY AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT WE ARE ALL INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE OF ARE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, BUT ALSO LABORATORY SUPPLIES SO I WOULD SAY THAT THOSE ARE THE TWO KEY THINGS WE ALSO ARE DISCUSSING PURCHASES OF VENTILATORS, FOR EXAMPLE, SHOULD THE JURISDICTIONS NEED THEM I DON'T THINK THAT THE SHORTAGES ARE THERE NECESSARILY, IT'S JUST THAT SOME OF THE SUPPLIES THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN >> Question: AND FOR A FOLLOW-UP, PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE TESTING KITS

PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU MENTIONED OVER THE WEEKEND THAT ONE OF THE REASONS THAT HE WAS NOT TESTED IS IN ADDITION TO BEING A-SYMPTOMATIC IT WOULD TAKE A TESTING KIT AWAY FROM SOMEONE WHO IS SYMPTOMATIC IS THERE A CONCERN ABOUT THE SHORTAGES OF TESTING KITS? AND HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO GET AN INCREASED SUPPLY? OBVIOUSLY, OUR NUMBERS ARE GROWING EXPONENTIALLY >> YES, SO I THINK THAT YOU WILL SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT WE HAVE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLY, BUT YOU ALSO REALLY NEED TO BE SMART ABOUT WHO YOU'RE TESTING SO YOU'RE SEEING DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS MAKING SURE THAT YOU'RE NOT POTENTIALLY TARGETING THE TEST KITS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKELY NOT TO HAVE CORONAVIRUS BUT INSTEAD HAS SOME SORT OF OTHER UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS SO EVERY JURISDICTION IS LOOKING AT EXACTLY HOW THEY MANAGE THAT SUPPLY

HAVING SAID THAT, THERE'S A LOT OF INNOVATION AND THINKING IN THIS FIELD FOR EXAMPLE, VIRAL SWABS MIGHT BE IN SHORTER SUPPLY SO LABORATORIES ARE ACTUALLY TESTING OTHER AREAS WITH PLENTIFUL SUPPLIES AND HOW TO USE THOSE INSTEAD SO A LOT OF THAT TYPE OF INNOVATION IS HAPPENING AND ANOTHER AREA VERY WORTHY OF MONITORING IS THE FACT THAT THERE'S NOW NEW COMMERCIAL KITS AVAILABLE FROM DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS

SO HEALTH CANADA IS HELPING TO REALLY REVIEW THOSE, REALLY, REALLY RAPIDLY SO THAT YOU HAVE GOOD QUALITY TESTING KITS AND MORE OF THE COMMERCIAL VARIETY YOU DON'T NEED A PROVINCIAL LAB OR HIGH LEVEL HOSPITAL LAB WITH A PCR

MACHINE IN ORDER TO TRY TO GET THOSE TESTS DONE YOU'LL SEE MORE AND MORE OF THAT KIND OF AVAILABILITY I THINK THAT OUR ROLE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IS OVER REGULATORY AND MAKING SURE THAT WE GET FAST TRACKING AND MONITORING ALL AVAILABILITIES AND THEN HELPING TO COORDINATE THAT SUPPLY >> OKAY, TWO MORE IN THE ROAD ATPN, PLEASE

>> Question: YES, I HAVE HEARD REPORTS THAT THERE'S A HANDFUL OF FIRST NATIONS THAT ARE SELF-ISOLATING SO THEY'RE CLOSING OFF THEIR BORDERS, SO TO SPEAK AND OTHER FIRST NATIONS ARE CONSIDERING THIS HOW EFFECTIVE A STRATEGY IS THIS AT THIS POINT? ESPECIALLY FOR REMOTE, MAYBE FLY-IN COMMUNITIES, TO MAYBE CONSIDER DOING THIS? >> WELL, I THINK THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION BECAUSE REALLY YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE THE VIRUS ENTER AN AREA THAT HAS LESS ABILITY TO COPE WITH IT SO I THINK THAT LEADERSHIP, INDIGENOUS LEADERS, FIRST NATION LEADERS, IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMUNITY ARE DISCUSSING WITH PUBLIC HEALTH AND OTHERS TO SEE WHAT IS APPROPRIATE I THINK THAT FOR THAT PARTICULAR COMMUNITY THAT THE ABILITY TO TOLERATE THAT KIND OF RISK IS SUCH THAT I THINK THAT MANY ARE THINKING, WELL, WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO LET THE VIRUS ENTER

SO AS A RESULT, MANY MIGHT BE TAKING THOSE KIND OF DECISIONS BUT IT IS AN INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY DECISION AS WELL >> Question: IF THE VIRUS WERE TO GET INTO ONE OF THESE FIRST NATIONS, THEY ARE VULNERABLE THEY DON'T HAVE THE CAPACITY THEY MAY HAVE A NURSING STATION

SO IF THEY GET SICK THEY HAVE TO MEDEVAC SOMEONE ALL THE WAY TO WINNIPEG OR EDMONTON OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT SO IS THERE ANY PLANS TO PERHAPS TO TAG THE MILITARY TO COME IN WITH A FIELD HOSPITAL, CONSTRUCT A FIELD HOSPITAL, AND BRING THEIR EXPERTISE TO A REMOTE REGION LIKE THAT? >> WELL, I DO THINK THAT RIGHT NOW ALL KINDS OF SOLUTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE I DO KNOW THAT TERRITORIES AS WELL AS OTHERS ARE CONNECTING SO THAT THOSE MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION LINKAGES ARE MAINTAINED AND THAT SPECIFIC NEEDS OF NORTHERN OR OTHER REMOTE COMMUNITIES OR FLY-IN COMMUNITIES ARE ADDRESSED THAT'S PART OF THE ACTIVE PLANNING GOING ON RIGHT NOW BUT THERE'S A CERTAIN NEED FOR SOME SURGE CAPACITY, SOME OF THOSE THINGS CAN ABSOLUTELY BE CONSIDERED

>> MIKE ANTHONY, GLOBAL NEWS MIKE? A QUESTION? >> Question: WELL, NO, NOT ANYMORE [laughter] >> OPERATOR, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THE LINE? OKAY REEKA? >> Question: YEAH, I'D LIKE TO HAVE YOU EXPLAIN — SORRY, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I HAVE THE CORRECT QUESTION FOR YOU THERE'S A QUESTION ABOUT THE RESPONSE THAT WE'RE SEEING ACROSS CANADA

WOULD A UNIFORMED RESPONSE FROM ALL PROVINCES HELP TO REDUCE THE SPREAD AND THE RISK? WOULD THAT BE BETTER THAN WHAT WE'RE SEEING NOW? >> WELL, ACTUALLY, IF YOU — CANADA IS A VERY VAST COUNTRY WITH VERY DIFFERENT CONTEXT AND THE VIRUS IS DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES SO WHILE WE PROVIDE NATIONAL GUIDANCE THERE IS ACTUALLY A NEED TO HAVE A LOOK AT WHAT THE LOCAL AND THE PROVINCIAL CONTEXT ARE I KNOW THAT MANY YEARS OF PANDEMIC PLANNING, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT INFLUENZA IN AND OF ITSELF, FOR EXAMPLE, WE CANNOT DETERMINE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE THE SAME ACTIVITY EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME THIS IS, HOWEVER, A TIME FOR ABSOLUTE CONCERTED ACTION FROM EVERY JURISDICTION I THINK AT THE SAME TIME

HOW YOU EXACTLY DO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HOW YOU MANAGE WHAT PLACES, SCHOOLS, ETC, IS LEFT TO INDIVIDUAL JURISDICTIONS BUT I THINK THAT THERE'S A STRONG COLLABORATION IN SOME OF THE GUIDANCE, SOME OF THOSE THRESHOLDS AS I SAID THAT HAVE JUST BEEN DISCUSSED FOR MASS GATHERINGS, FOR EXAMPLE >> A FOLLOW-UP? >> Question: I DON'T WANT TO TAKE UP OTHER TIMES >> ASHLEY BURKE, CBC

>> Question: HI, DR TAM I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CURVE AND YOU MENTIONED THERE'S A VERY NARROW WINDOW TO FLATTEN THE CURVE CAN YOU TALK ABOUT TIMING — ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A MATTER OF DAYS? AND AS WELL, HOW IS CANADA DOING TO FLATTEN THE CURVE? WHAT DOES THE DATA SHOW RIGHT NOW? >> SO WHAT YOU JUST ASKED IS ACTUALLY QUITE AN IMPORTANT QUESTION YOU CAN'T PRECISELY SAY THE EXACT TIME, EXCEPT THAT VERY CAREFUL MONITORING FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS I THINK IS VERY CRITICAL

WE'RE BEGINNING TO IMPLEMENT THE SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES AND YOU'RE SEEING DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES BEGINNING TO DO THAT KIND OF MEASURE IT'S THE TYPE OF ACTION THAT IS APPLIED TO THAT CURVE SO YOU MIGHT NOT EVEN SEE HOW FAR THIS CURVE GOES IF YOU MANAGE TO ACTUALLY PUT ALL OF THESE MEASURES IN PLACE TO TRY TO REDUCE IT SO FOR ME IS — IT'S REALLY MUCH MORE INTERESTING OF HOW THAT CURVE MAY CHANGE OVER TIME AS OPPOSED TO PREDETERMINING WHERE IT'S ACTUALLY GOING

WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, YEAH, YOU CAN DO SOME X PERCENT INCREASE, BUT THAT'S NOT THE REAL TIME — YOU KNOW, SORT OF SITUATION SO WHEN YOU SEE THE RISE IN THE CURVE, WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY IS THAT NOW THE GOAL IS TO SEE HOW MUCH WE CAN LEVEL IT OFF AND DON'T LET IT TAKE OFF >> Question: RIGHT NOW WHERE IS CANADA? HOW ARE WE DOING IN FLATTENING THE CURVE? >> WE'RE AT THE VERY BEGINNING I THINK OF THE INCREASE IN THE ILLNESSES AND THEY STILL MAY NEED TIME TO TRAVEL WHAT I'M LOOKING OUT FOR ARE SIGNS OF BIGGER CLUSTERS OUTBREAKS AND COMMUNITY TRANSMISSIONS WE'RE NOT REALLY SEEING THAT AT THE MOMENT

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACTUALLY TO REALLY INTERRUPT THOSE CHAINS OF TRANSMISSION >> OKAY, WE'RE UP AGAINST THE CLOCK I HAVE TWO MORE PEOPLE ON MY LIST SO KEEP IT TO ONE QUESTION EACH THAT IS HELENE AND RACHEL >> Question: (Voice of Translator): VERY BRIEFLY, YOU SAID THAT MOST CASES ARE LINKED TO TRAVEL

CAN YOU TELL US HOW MANY CASES ARE DUE TO COMMUNITY TRANSITION AND HOW MANY CASES DO WE HAVE FROM TRAVELLERS COMING IN FROM THE UNITED STATES? >> (Voice of Translator): WELL, I DON'T HAVE THOSE EXACT FIGURES RIGHT NOW BUT WE DID DO SOME CALCULATIONS PREVIOUSLY, ABOUT 87% OR JUST UNDER 90% OF THE CASES ARE LINKED TO TRAVEL SO TRAVELLERS COMING BACK TO CANADA OR PEOPLE CLOSE TO THEM ABOUT 13% ARE DUE TO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION AS FAR AS CASES COMING IN FROM THE UNITED STATES, THE SITUATION IS FLUID

ALMOST ALL PROVINCES HAVE REPORTED NEW CASES EVERY DAY WE ARE DOING THE MATH IN THE LAST FEW DAYS AND IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS THERE ARE MORE CASES FROM COUNTRIES IN EUROPE AND FROM THE US AT THE VERY BEGINNING MOST OF THE CASES CAME FROM CHINA AND IRAN

BUT NOW IT'S COUNTRIES WHICH INCLUDE THE UNITED STATES >> Question: A QUICK FOLLOW-UP FROM ONE OF MY QUESTIONS FROM BEFORE ONE MORE — >> I HAD A QUESTION >> Question: (Voice of Translator): VERY BRIEFLY, — THE SOCIAL DISTANCING, IS THAT POSSIBLE? WOULD IT IMPLY WITHIN AN AIRCRAFT? WOULD THAT APPLY TO FLIES WITHIN CANADA? >> (Voice of Translator): WELL, NOT AT THE MOMENT WE'RE SPECIFICALLY TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC SPACES BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN MIX AND MINGLE

ON AN AIRCRAFT THERE ARE SEATS, PEOPLE DON'T MOVE, AND THERE MIGHT BE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE SITTING AROUND YOU ON A FLIGHT BUT CONTACT MIGHT BE EASIER IN THE COMMUNITY WE'RE FOLLOWING THAT, BUT UP TO NOW, EVEN WITH THE CASES IN CANADA, WE HAVE FOLLOWED UP ON PEOPLE IN — ON THOSE AIRCRAFT WITH PASSENGERS SO THERE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE TRANSMISSION WITHIN AN AIRCRAFT THERE'S MORE TRANSMISSION IN THE COMMUNITY

AND THE RISKS ARE HIGHER IN THE COMMUNITY THAN ON AN AIRCRAFT >> Question: I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU AGREED WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO LET IN US CITIZENS AND YOU SAID THAT THERE'S PROS AND CONS WITH THIS DECISION WHAT ARE THE PROS AND THE CONS FOR THIS? >> SO I THINK THAT IN TERMS OF SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT WE'RE PUTTING IN RIGHT NOW — AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE I THINK MUCH MORE VISIBILITY IN THE POINTS OF ENTRY IS THE IDEA OF SELF-ISOLATION AS I HAVE SAID

CERTAINLY, IN SOME WAYS THAT ACTS AS A BIT OF A DETERRENT SO IF YOU WERE A NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVELLER, AND YOU KNOW THAT THAT IS THE REQUEST FOR YOU TO SORT OF COME HERE AND THEN SELF-ISOLATE FOR TWO WEEKS, THAT ACTS AS AN APPROACH WHERE IT'S VERY LIKELY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS EVEN IN ITSELF AND WE MUST MAINTAIN THE ESSENTIAL BRIDGE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES BECAUSE WE DEPEND ON EACH OTHER — EVEN ON THE RESPONSE WHERE YOU HAVE A NEED FOR SUPPLIES AND WORKERS, EVEN, AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS SO I THINK THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT WE ALSO DO HAVE VERY CLOSE COMMUNICATION WITH THE UNITED STATES

WHAT WE WILL WANT TO SEE IS THAT THEY HAVE ENACTED CERTAIN MEASURES ALSO TO TRY TO CONTAIN THEIR EPIDEMIC AS WELL SO WE REEVALUATE THE SITUATION EVERY DAY AND SEE IF THESE MEASURES ARE EFFECTIVE, AND IF NOT, WE'LL EVALUATE THEM >> Question: CAN I HAVE ONE MORE JUST FOR MY HEALTH COLLEAGUES, THE QUESTION IS FOR YOU, DR

TAM, ON WHO SHOULD BE TESTED WE'RE SEEING DIFFERENT RULES ACROSS THE PROVINCES SO FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER, WHO SHOULD BE TESTED RIGHT NOW? >> SO RIGHT NOW TRAVELLERS ESSENTIALLY WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS AND IN ADDITION ANYONE WITH SEVERE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS LIKE PNEUMONIA OR ACUTE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS IN THE HOSPITAL, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY'VE TRAVELLED WE'RE ALSO RECOMMENDING LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES WITH INFLUENZA SYMPTOMS OR CLUSTERS S OR OUTBREAKS

VERY IMPORTANT TO TEST THOSE AND ANY HOSPITAL RELATED ILLNESS LIKE THAT HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE SICK, YOU DO NOT WANT A HEALTH CARE WORKER TO BE GOING INTO ANY FACILITY THAT MIGHT INCREASE INFECTIONS TO THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE SO THEY'RE ALSO ABSOLUTELY A PRIORITY WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO BE VERY CAREFUL WITH IS ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT JUST BE ILL, WHO MAY HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS AND DON'T HAVE A HISTORY OF TRAVEL

BUT IF YOU ARE STILL CONCERNED WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THAT THE CLINICIANS SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE THEIR OWN CLINICAL JUDGMENT THIS IS HOW MEDICINE WORKS IN CANADA AND THAT THAT ABILITY OF THE CLINICIAN WHO SPOTTED THE INITIAL CASES FROM COUNTRIES THAT HADN'T EVEN REPORTED, SO YOU CANNOT — SORT OF REDUCE THEIR ABILITY TO BE FLEXIBLE IN THEIR OWN JUDGMENT >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> Andrew: WE ARE GETTING UPDATES ON THE LATEST NUMBERS AND THE REACTIONS TO SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED AND YOU HAVE HEARD FROM DR

TAM THERE, SAYING THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN UPTICK, A SIGNIFICANT UPWARD TICKING OF THE CURVE OF THE NUMBER OF C

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